Lukashenka said that consultations on the events in Kazakhstan were held all night from Wednesday to Thursday. – Yesterday, consultations lasted all night, we analyzed the situation with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin (…), we talked several times, Lukashenka said.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on Wednesday evening that ODKB “peacekeepers” will be sent to Kazakhstan to stabilize the situation in the country after massive protests caused by fuel price increases. He added that the decision to send peacekeepers “for a limited period of time” was made in response to the appeal of the President of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Żomart Tokayev, and “in the face of the threat to the national security and sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan caused, inter alia, by external interference.”
Tokayev previously called for such help from the ODKB, a military alliance led by Russia that also includes Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Pashinyan did not reveal how numerous the forces would be, nor when they would be dispatched.
Tajikistan also announced that it would send its troops to Kazakhstan on Thursday.
– We are watching with caution that the forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Russian: ODKB) are being sent to Kazakhstan – EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday in Kiev. As he added, the development of the situation in this country requires special attention.
“We expect that the presence of foreign forces will not violate Kazakhstan’s independence,” Borrell told reporters in Kiev.
He also noted that the Kazakh authorities had requested the arrival of the forces. – Anyway, the presence of foreign troops on the territory of another country is what we should observe with caution – emphasized, quoted by the portal European Pravda.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs stressed that the EU called on the Kazakh authorities to be restrained when it comes to controlling the demonstrations. “But it doesn’t seem to be happening because there are dozens of people killed and casualties among the security forces,” he added.
The protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2, triggered by an increase in the price of gas used to refuel cars, accompanied by an increase in the prices of other goods.
Police said “dozens of rioters have been eliminated.” According to the country’s authorities, 12 members of the security forces were killed and 353 were injured in the riots. Approximately 2,000 were arrested in Almaty. people.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “We consider the recent events in a country friendly to us to be an externally inspired attempt to undermine the security and integrity of the state by force, using trained and organized armed formations.”