The CSTO peacekeepers will be withdrawn on time.
CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas informed the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev about the beginning of the withdrawal of the peacekeeping contingent. Today the President of Kazakhstan said that the withdrawal of the CSTO peacekeeping forces planned on Thursday, January 13th.
It also became known that an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will be held tomorrow via videoconferencing. This was reported in the press service of the organization.
“During the meeting, the heads of the defense departments of the CSTO member states will discuss the conduct of a peacekeeping operation in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The head of the CSTO joint headquarters, Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov and CSTO Deputy Secretary General Takhir Khairuloev will also take part in the meeting,” Secretary of the CSTO Joint Staff Vladislav Shchegrikovich.
Now, according to information from the Kazakh authorities, there are 2,030 CSTO representatives and 250 pieces of equipment in the country. The contingents of peacekeeping forces are deployed in the cities of Nur-Sultan, Alma-Ata and in the Alma-Ata region. The command post is deployed on the basis of the Military Institute of the Ground Forces in Alma-Ata.
“The head of state expressed satisfaction with the results of the extraordinary summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and also expressed gratitude to the CSTO allies for supporting and providing timely assistance to Kazakhstan in the conditions of a terrorist attack. This situation once again confirmed the value of the organization itself as a military-political structure. I think about Collective Security Treaty organizations have now started talking in the international community. The effectiveness of the organization has manifested itself quite clearly in this situation, “- such words of President Tokayev from the government website are quoted by news agencies.