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20 January 2022, 14:03

Zas: CSTO peacekeepers helped turn the tide in Kazakhstan

Zhetygen air base. An archive photo
Zhetygen air base. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 20 January (BelTA) – The deployment of the CSTO peacekeeping force in Kazakhstan helped change the situation and restore stability and constitutional order in Kazakhstan within a short period of time, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said at a meeting of the Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots of the State Duma of Russia on 20 January, CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.

The CSTO secretary general informed the Russian MPs about the outcomes of the peacekeeping operation in Kazakhstan. “The mission was accomplished successfully, all contingents of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces were completely withdrawn from the territory of Kazakhstan and returned to their permanent places of deployment. There are no losses among personnel, weapons and military equipment,” Stanislav Zas said.

“According to Stanislav Zas, the prompt deployment, at the request of President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces in accordance with Articles 2 and 4 of the Collective Security Treaty helped reverse the situation and restore stability and constitutional order in Kazakhstan within a short period of time. The UN Security Council, as well as the secretaries general of the OSCE and SCO were notified about this decision,” the press secretary said.

The CSTO secretary general updated the Russian MPs on the situation in the Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian regions of the CSTO collective security and outlined the threats coming from the territory of Afghanistan.

“Stanislav Zas believes that Tajikistan should get help in containing potential threats. He also spoke about foreign policy coordination, defense partnerships and efforts to counter challenges and threats. His speech was followed by an exchange of views on the activities of the CSTO and its parliamentary dimension - the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly,” the press secretary added.

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