After bloody confrontations, the President of Kazakhstan announces the restoration of “mostly” order, and Russian planes land support forces

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State television quoted the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, today, Friday, as saying that the constitutional order has been mostly restored.

The Kazakh president said – in a statement – that “the forces establishing order are making unremitting efforts and the constitutional order has been largely restored in all regions,” stressing that the operations to restore order will continue until the militants are completely eliminated, and he said that “the local authorities control the situation, but the terrorists do not They still use weapons and damage the property of citizens.”

State television reported that President Tokayev will address his compatriots on Friday.

The Ministry of the Interior said that “26 armed criminals were liquidated and more than 3,000 others were arrested,” and that all administrative buildings and municipal buildings in all cities were cleared, and 70 checkpoints were formed throughout the country, and the ministry added that 18 police and National Guard personnel were killed and wounded. About 750 others.

spark confrontations

The confrontations between the security forces and demonstrators took place after unprecedented protests erupted last Sunday, due to the increase in fuel prices at the beginning of this year, and then the protests escalated the day before yesterday, Wednesday, when protesters stormed public buildings – in Almaty, the largest city in the country and other cities – and set them on fire, chanting. Slogans against former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, accusing his family and allies of amassing wealth while the country of 19 million is impoverished.

Internet services were cut off and banks stopped working in most parts of the country.

Reuters reporters saw – on Friday morning – armored personnel carriers and soldiers in the main square in Almaty, where soldiers shot at protesters the day before.

A few hundred meters away, Reuters reporters saw a body in a badly damaged civilian car, and in another part of town they saw a looted ammunition store. Reporters also saw military vehicles and about 100 in military uniforms in another square in Almaty.

The Kazakh authorities stated that a peacekeeping force belonging to the Collective Security Treaty Organization – a military alliance of former Soviet republics – that Tokayev had requested this week, is currently arriving in Kazakhstan, but it is not participating in the fighting or in “eliminating militants”. The Kazakh government added that the force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is led by Moscow, will provide cover and perform a security mission.

The municipality building of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, was set on fire during the violence that the country has been witnessing for days (Reuters)

And Reuters news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry that more than 70 Russian planes landed Friday peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan. On Thursday, the Russian Information Agency reported – quoting the organization – that its peacekeeping force will include a total of about 2,500 personnel, and will remain in Kazakhstan for days or weeks, and will leave as soon as its mission ends.

The organization added that the task of the forces is not to suppress the protesters, but rather to help Kazakhstan protect vital installations, stressing that the events in Kazakhstan are a real threat to the security and sovereignty of the state.

international positions

Russia – Kazakhstan’s largest neighbor – said that what is happening is an attempt backed from abroad to undermine security, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it supports a peaceful solution in Kazakhstan to all problems within the framework of the law and through dialogue, not through protests in the street and breaking the law. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday that his country was confident in Kazakhstan’s ability to deal with its problems.

Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State – in a call with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tlioberdi – renewed the United States’ full support for Kazakhstan’s constitutional institutions and media freedom and called for a peaceful solution to the crisis that respects rights.

However, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the administration of President Joe Biden is monitoring the situation in Kazakhstan. It is also closely monitoring reports that the Collective Security Treaty Organization has sent troops to this country.

Saki added – in her daily press statement – that there are questions about the nature of these forces, and the legality of their deployment, noting that the situation in Kazakhstan will not affect the talks with Russia scheduled for next Monday.

As for the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, he said that these events are an internal affair and that the authorities there are able to deal with them appropriately.

The United Nations called on all parties to exercise restraint, avoid violence and encourage dialogue.

Britain – through its Foreign Minister Liz Truss – expressed grave concern about the unrest in Kazakhstan, and said that her government was closely monitoring the situation.

France called on all parties to exercise restraint, and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said these events were worrying.

The European Union expressed its “deep concern” about the unrest in Kazakhstan, saying that Russia’s sending of foreign military support to this country “reminds me of situations that should be avoided.”

Yesterday, Thursday, the German government recommended its citizens not to travel to Kazakhstan, in light of the current unrest, at a time when Turkish Airlines canceled its scheduled flights to Kazakhstan until Sunday, the ninth of January.

Yesterday, Thursday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed its deep concern about the violence in Kazakhstan, calling for its rejection.

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