MOSCOW, 12 January (BelTA) – The withdrawal of the peacekeeping contingent from Kazakhstan will begin on 13 January and will be completed within 10 days, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA following a meeting between Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas in Nur-Sultan on 12 January.
"On 12 January, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas in Nur-Sultan," the spokesman said. “The Kazakhstan leader thanked the allies for the peacekeeping operation and assistance in the face of the terrorist attack. The president of Kazakhstan announced the completion of the CSTO peacekeeping operation."
"For his part, Stanislav Zas informed Kassym-Jomart Tokayev about the course of the CSTO peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan and the beginning of the withdrawal of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Force from the territory of the country. The pullout of troops will begin on 1 January 3 and will be completed within 10 days," the spokesman stressed.