During negotiations with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that Russian peacekeepers during the January rallies in Kazakhstan, they played an important role in terms of providing the rear, protecting strategic facilities and intimidating terrorists, the TV channel reports. “Russia 24” and media platform “Looking”.
As you know, in early January, a wave of mass protests swept across Kazakhstan. First, residents of the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau in the west of the country opposed the doubling of prices for liquefied gas. Later, they were joined by residents of other cities, including Alma-Ata, the old capital and largest city of the republic.
Looting began, the militants destroyed state institutions, took away weapons. The country has introduced state of emergency until January 19, the counter-terrorist operation began.
As a result of the riots, about 1,000 people were injured, 4,578 people were injured, 225 people died, including 19 security officials.
To normalize the situation in the country, the CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send collective peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan.