CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to be sent to Kazakhstan

CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces will be dispatched to Kazakhstan to help stabilize and resolve the situation in the country, says Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who chairs the CSTO Collective Security Council.

“In connection with the appeal of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and in view of the threat to national security and the sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan caused, inter alia, by outside interference, the CSTO Collective Security Council, in accordance with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty, decided to send Collective peacekeeping forces of the CSTO to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited time period in order to stabilize and normalize the situation in the country,” PM Pashinyan said.

The Prime Minister said earlier he was starting urgent consultations with the leaders of CSTO member states on the situation in Kazakhstan.

A state of emergency has been declared throughout Kazakhstan after widespread protests broke out. Internet access has been cut.

Anti-government protesters in the main city, Almaty, stormed the mayor’s office on Wednesday. Part of the building appeared to be on fire.

Protests have also erupted in several other cities, with security forces using tear gas and stun grenades.

The president has promised a tough response, calling the protests a “black period” in the country’s history.

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