Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that a Moscow-led troop deployed to counter unrest in Kazakhstan would remain in the Central Asian country only for a “limited” period.
“A contingent of the CSTO peacekeeping force has been sent to Kazakhstan – and I want to emphasize this – for a limited time,” Putin said during a meeting of leaders of former Soviet countries, referring to a military agreement. their nation.
Former Soviet Kazakhstan has been abandoned in the wake of unprecedented unrest that broke out earlier this month amid protests against fuel price hikes in the country’s west.
Dozens are believed to have been killed in the violence and the interior ministry said on Monday that around 8,000 people were detained by security forces.
Putin said the Collective Security Treaty Organization had sent troops following a request from Kazakhstan’s president because the country was facing “an aggression of international terrorism”.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during the meeting that the CSTO had sent 2,030 troops and 250 pieces of hardware.
The Russian president said during the meeting that the deployment of troops from former Soviet countries sent a signal that leaders there would not allow “revolutions” to be provoked within former Soviet countries.
“The measures taken by the CSTO have made it clear that we will not allow anyone to destabilize the situation in our home and apply so-called color revolution scenarios,” Putin said.
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