Russia led CSTO despatches troops to Kazakhstan to control terrorists

The article originally appeared in The Economic Times

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Russia led CSTO despatches troops to Kazakhstan to control terrorists

The Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) made the decision to send peacekeeping forces of the Organization to Kazakhstan, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, who chairs the Council in 2022, said on Thursday.

“In view of the address of President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and considering the threat to national security and sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan, caused in particular by interference from the outside, the CSTO Collective Security Council in accordance with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty made the decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited period with the aim of stabilization and normalization of the situation ..

Russia leads CSTO and Kazakhstan is part of CSTO. Russia maintains a military facility in Kazakhstan besides space facility. Kazakhstan has alleged that terrorists trained abroad have launched armed resistance in the country. CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia that consists of select post-Soviet states. Apart from Russia and Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are members of CSTO.

Meanwhile. the law-enforcement personnel have launched a special counter-terror operation in Almaty where looting continues, the Almaty commandant’s office reported on Wednesday.

“A special counter-terror operation has been launched in the city to establish order,” the statement says.

The commandant’s office also called on Almaty residents “to remain calm and render assistance to the law-enforcement agencies in establishing the Constitutional order and public security.”

As the statement says, “radically-minded supporters of riots have caused huge damage to the city, put up resistance to the legitimate actions of law-enforcement agencies for establishing order and providing security.”

The commandant’s office also reported that “the extremists are on a looting spree, causing damage to business.” Moreover, “they are endangering the lives and health of civilians, obstructing the work of medical workers and causing damage to polyclinics and hospitals.”

“Bandits who are on the rampage in Almaty are highly organized, which is evidence that they were seriously trained abroad” and “their attack on Kazakhstan is an act of aggression and an attempt to disrupt the state’s integrity,” the statement said.