MOSCOW, January 14, (Asia Free Press): Kyrgyzstan, a state-member of Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), troops will leave protest-hit Kazakhstan on January 14, 2022, according to media reports.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that Peacekeepers of the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan would arrive from Almaty to their duty station in Tokmok, reported AKI Press.
“All forces of our colleagues – Armenia, Tajikistan, Belarus – will be airlifted by 14 planes tomorrow. Kyrgyz colleagues will leave on their own, since they are close,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
150 peacekeepers from Kyrgyzstan guarded the combined heat and power plant-2 in Almaty. They were airlifted by Russian military planes from Kant airbase on January 07 when Kazakh President called for military assistance after the situation worsened inside the country.
In Kazakhstan, the protests broke out on January 02, when drivers in the city of Zhanaozen in the country’s oil-rich Mangystau region staged demonstrations against huge price hikes for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which later spread to the city of Aktau and other parts of the country.
Later, after the situation worsened, the Russian-led military alliance like the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have deployed peacekeepers to normalize the tense situation in the Central Asian Country.
Earlier, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said peacekeeping forces would leave Kazakhstan within ten days. Withdrawal started on January 13.