Kazakhstan announces CSTO mission deadline

(VOVWORLD) - The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will leave Kazakhstan after the situation stabilizes. 
Kazakhstan announces CSTO mission deadline - ảnh 1Russian troops are deployed to Almaty to help stabilize the situation in Kazakhstan. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense)

A statement published on Telegram channel said the peacekeeping force will be stationed in Kazakhstan on a strictly temporary basis and will leave the country at the first request of the Kazakh side, probably in the next one or two weeks at the earliest.

Kazakhstan also announced that its law enforcement officers will conduct an investigation into the cause of the riots and the results of the investigation will be released to the international community.

Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 against the government's cessation of subsidies for liquefied natural gas (LPG), which has doubled the price of the fuel in many places. They then quickly spread to localities and escalated into riots.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked Russia and the CSTO to deploy forces to Kazakhstan to keep the peace.

The Kazakh authorities confirmed that law and order had been restored in all regions of the country last Friday. However, the situation remains tense in the capital of Almaty.