Kazakhstan. Kasym-Żomart Tokayev announced the end of the peace mission

Tokayev declared the withdrawal of the ODKB forces after the meeting in Nur-Sultan with the secretary of this organization, Stanisław Zas.

“On January 12, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Żomart, Tokayev in Nur-Sultan received the Secretary General of the ODKB, Stanisław Zas. The head of the Kazakh state thanked his allies for their help in the face of the terrorist attack. The President of Kazakhstan announced the end of the peace operation,” wrote the press secretary of the ODKB, Vladimir Zainetdinov.

Earlier on Wednesday, Tokayev announced that the withdrawal of the ODKB peacekeepers from Kazakhstan will begin on Thursday, January 13 and will last 10 days.

– The mere presence of the ODKB contingent in Kazakhstan, including in Almaty, played a very important role from the point of view of stabilizing the situation in our country – said Tokayev, quoted by his press office.

At Tokayev’s request, on January 6, more than 2,000 troops from Russia, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus arrived in Kazakhstan. According to the announcements, these forces had, among others, ensure the protection of key administrative and military facilities in the aftermath of the riots that broke out in Kzakhstan on 2 January.

The ODKB is a military-political bloc created after the collapse of the USSR, which includes, in addition to Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Composed of the so-called of the ODKB peace mission to Kazakhstan, among others, Russian airborne units. Belarus sent a company of peacekeepers from the airborne brigade to this Central Asian state. Kyrgyzstan sent an approx. 150-strong squad of special forces soldiers, Armenia – 100 of its troops, and Tajikistan – an approx. 200-strong battalion of troops.

Tokayev also announced the lifting from Thursday of the state of emergency, which is currently in force throughout the country, in three oblasts – West Kazakhstan, North Kazakhstan and Pavlodar.

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