Saturday, January 8, 2022

Updates From Kazakhstan

Protests in Kazakhstan- Updates

Kazakhstan has been rattled by mass protests for several days. After a corresponding request from President Tokayev, the CSTO decided to send its peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan, with the contingents primarily tasked with guarding essential military and government infrastructure.
Mass unrest in Kazakhstan was prepared in advance in order to destabilise the situation in the country, and its organisers had foreign backing, according to CIS Executive Commissioner Sergei Lebedev.

"These provocateurs, guides, and sponsors of the so-called 'colour revolutions' and riots in the CIS these days declare with feigned pride their leading role in criminal acts in the cities of Kazakhstan", Lebedev said.

According to him, the Kazakh authorities' actions to restore order and stability in the country are "timely and reasonable".
He also said the CIS Executive Committee is confident that the joint efforts by people from Kazakhstan and "their friends from the CIS countries" will soon lead to the restoration of peace in the Central Asian nation.

Foreign Interference? 

The suggestions of possible foreign backing of the riots in Kazakhstan have been voiced since the first days of the unrest. On 5 January, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during one of his addresses to the nation that there is a group of "financially motivated" plotters with a carefully masterminded plan behind the protests, vowing decisive actions against any criminals.

On Friday, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that Moscow views the tense situation in Kazakhstan as "externally provoked, violent developments in a friendly country aimed at disrupting its security and integrity".

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