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Russia-led alliance’s troops prepare to pull out from Kazakhstan

Russian Peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation attend the official ceremony of starting withdraw its troops in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Thursday.
Russian Peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation attend the official ceremony of starting withdraw its troops in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Thursday.

KZAKHSTAN: Troops belonging to a Russia-led security alliance were preparing to pull out of Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The withdrawal comes a week after they were deployed to the ex-Soviet nation on the request of its president, who was seeking to quell violent mass protests.

The demonstrations started on January 2 in western Kazakhstan following widespread outrage over a sharp rise in fuel prices. They quickly spread nationwide and descended into violence within several days. Protesters stormed government buildings and set them ablaze, and dozens of people were killed in clashes with the country’s security forces.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has blamed the unrest on foreign-backed “terrorists” and requested assistance from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russia-led military alliance of six ex-Soviet states. The bloc sent over 2,000 troops to Kazakhstan last week. On Tuesday Tokayev declared their mission accomplished and said they would start pulling out on Thursday.

Later on Thursday, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the troops will withdraw by January 19. Putin noted that it was the first such operation for the CSTO and that the troops “played an important role” in stabilizing the situation in Kazakhstan. “In general, it’s time to return home — we have completed our task,” Putin concluded. - YAHOO NEWS


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