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Kazakhstan: Peacekeepers to start leaving the country in two days

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The troops led by Moscow and deployed in Kazakhstan after serious riots will begin to leave the country “in two days”, the operation to take less than ten days, indicated Tuesday the Kazakh president. Kazakhstan has been rioted since the start of the year.

The troops led by Moscow and deployed in Kazakhstan after serious riots will begin to leave the country “in two days”, the operation to take less than ten days, indicated Tuesday the Kazakh president. “The main mission of the peacekeeping forces of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization, editor’s note) has been successfully completed, the gradual withdrawal of the contingent will begin in two days. This process will not take more than ten days, “Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at an official meeting.

The process will not take more than ten days

“The gradual withdrawal of the unified CSTO contingent will begin in two days. This process will not take more than ten days,” he continued. Last week, Kazakhstan was hit by violence never seen since its independence in 1991 when the USSR broke up. They killed dozens and injured hundreds, prompting the express deployment of peacekeeping troops. These mostly Russian soldiers were deployed as part of a military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which unites several former Soviet republics under the leadership of Moscow.

On Monday, the Kazakh president specified that this force consisted of 2,030 soldiers and 250 vehicles, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Poutine confirming that his soldiers were there “for a limited period”. The riots in Kazakhstan, described as a terrorist attack by the authorities, began with demonstrations against rising fuel prices, against a background of deteriorating living standards. On Tuesday, Kazakh MPs overwhelmingly approved the appointment of a new prime minister, Alikhan Smailov, appointed on an interim basis after the government resigned during the unrest last week.

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