While the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, is actively revising the legacy of Nursultan Nazarbayev, he himself does not comment on this, disappearing from the public field. What versions of Nazarbayev's disappearance were put forward – in the RBC video
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In Kazakhstan, the forces of the CSTO peacekeepers were assigned to guard various objects. The Russian military controls the Almaty airport and Kazakhtelecom, the Tajik ones control the thermal power station, and the Armenian ones control the bakery. How their service is organized – in the RBC video
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For the first time since the beginning of the protests, the President of Kazakhstan Tokayev arrived in Alma-Ata. Residents of Alma-Ata noticed a large convoy of cars in the city, and helicopters appeared in the sky. The presidential administration of the country reported that it is about Tokayev's unannounced visit to the city
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev arrived in Almaty. The city, which suffered the most from the January clashes, is the first visit by the head of state since the beginning of the political crisis. Information about his arrival was confirmed by the press service of the President of Kazakhstan, writes Tegrinews.
“ The President arrived in Almaty. He took part in a meeting of the operational headquarters in the city. There was also a meeting with the relatives and friends of the deceased police officers and servicemen. The President expressed his condolences and presented the awards & raquo;, & mdash; Tokayev's press secretary Berik Uali said.
According to the press secretary, Tokayev also visited the operational control center and visited the victims of the clashes.
The president's arrival in Alma-Ata his press service did not officially announce and confirmed only after frames with his cortege began to appear on social networks. Orda.kz published a video showing the arrival of a convoy of vehicles accompanied by a military armored car to the Rixos hotel. The publication also noted that helicopters appeared in the sky over the city.
Alma-Ata, the former capital and largest city of Kazakhstan (population of almost 2 million people. & mdash; RBK ), to the greatest extent suffered from clashes that began in Kazakhstan 4 & mdash; 5 January. In the city, the building of the National Security Committee and the airport were seized, the local administration and the presidential residence were burned. In the center of the city, clashes took place with the participation of military and armed demonstrators.
The Kazakh authorities described the incident as an attack by international terrorists. According to the version voiced by Tokayev at a meeting of the CSTO Council, the city has experienced several waves of attacks coming from three directions. In his address to the nation, he said that up to 20 thousand “ bandits '' participated in the attacks.
CSTO peacekeepers were brought into the city to stabilize the situation. The city has a curfew. For several days in Alma-Ata mobile communications and the Internet were absent.
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The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, came to Almaty for the first time since the start of the protests. The city saw the largest protests and riots in January. How the arrival of the president's motorcade looked like – in the video of RBC
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The Deputy Governor of the Trans-Urals apologized to the mother of a diabetic child who was holding the picket A day earlier, the mother of a diabetic child went to a single picket demanding to allocate funds for the purchase of equipment for monitoring glucose levels. The deputy governor then advised her to look for “other methods” to solve the problem
Deputy Governor of the Kurgan Region Larisa Kokorina apologized to local resident Elena Bukreeva, who went to a single picket because her child with diabetes did not have the necessary continuous monitoring systems. This is reported by the 45.RU edition with reference to the official's statement.
A day earlier, Bukreeva went to a single picket to the knowledge of the regional Ministry of Health with the requirement to allocate funds for the purchase of special equipment for the organization of continuous monitoring of glucose levels. She later stated that during the picket she was “ threatened by the police, '' and Deputy Governor Kokorin advised her to pursue her goal with “ other methods. ''
“ I am also a mother and I understand that she [Boukreeva] wants to improve the conditions for her child. When I talked about “ other methods, '' I meant that moms have the opportunity to go directly to the health department and get answers. We are aware of this situation, and the health department is already working in this direction. I am very sorry if my words somehow touched Elena Viktorovna. In no way did I want to offend her, and if my words were understood by her in this way, then I sincerely apologize, '' & mdash; noted Kokorina.
On Kokorina's instructions, employees of the regional health department met with Boukreeva and agreed on a joint meeting of the active members of the diabetic society with representatives of the department and the regional children's hospital.
Single pickets of mothers of diabetic children have been held at administrative buildings in the region since the end of last year. The women demanded that the authorities of the Trans-Urals allocate funds for the purchase of equipment for the organization of continuous monitoring of glucose levels, which would make it possible to avoid daily puncturing of children's fingers.
Kurgan region intend to spend about 40 million rubles. to help needy diabetic children. At the same time, they noted that, despite repeated appeals to the Ministry of Health of Russia, medical products for the study of blood glucose levels by continuous monitoring are not yet included in the list of necessary purchases. “ Other options for solving the problem are being considered. In particular, the provision of children from 0 to 4 years old with materials for the system of continuous monitoring of glucose levels is planned by the Circle of Kindness Foundation, & mdash; clarified by the Acting Director of the Regional Department of Health Alexey Sigidaev.
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The head of Rossotrudnichestvo Yevgeny Primakov said that his department completely ceases interaction with the Ministry of Information of Kazakhstan and its new minister -Rusophobe Askar Umarov. Primakov wrote about this in his telegram channel.
“ Apparently, the appointment of Mr. Umarov & mdash; an example of the hardest conscious compromises that Mr. President [of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev] has to make. & lt; … & gt; I believe that such carefully thought out and planned compromises will not be able to destroy the age-old brotherly friendship & nbsp; between our peoples, especially if Mr. Umarov publicly renounces his Nazi and chauvinist views on Russians in Kazakhstan, & raquo;, & mdash; & nbsp; wrote Primakov.
He also said that Rossotrudnichestvo “ does not maintain contacts, does not work and does not cooperate with Russophobic rubbish. '' Because of this, any interaction with Minister Umarov and the ministry headed by him will be completely prevented.
The appointment of Umarov became known the day before. He is considered an ardent nationalist and Russophobe. He spoke offensively about the celebration of the “ incomprehensible Victory Day '' in Russia. In addition, he called nationalism the most effective idea. Umarov also called Russians in Kazakhstan an “ imposed diaspora. '' & Nbsp; It was alleged that he provides active support to Kazakh nationalists.
Speaking at a meeting with the government on the coronavirus pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country has” a couple of weeks ” in order to prepare for a new strike of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The head of state called on to prepare for a possible new wave in all regions. He explained that, among other things, it is necessary to mobilize both federal and regional, local and sectoral institutions.
Putin instructed Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to work out the relevant issue with the regional authorities as soon as possible.
The Russian delegation arrived at the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the headquarters of the alliance in Brussels. This meeting will be the first in two years.
Russia is represented by an interdepartmental commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense. The delegation includes Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko. NATO will include Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as well as representatives of 30 member countries of the alliance.
The sides are expected to discuss mutual concerns about European security, threat reduction and arms control. The talks are scheduled to last three hours.
Earlier, on January 9 and 10, Russia-US talks were held in Geneva, the parties discussed Moscow's proposals on security guarantees.
The political scientist believes that this will happen quickly enough
After the riots in Kazakhstan, the country's authorities will certainly launch an audit of the legacy of the first president of the republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Most likely, the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, will be renamed back to Nur-Sultan. This point of view was expressed by the head of the Political Expert Group, Konstantin Kalachev.
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“ I think that's enough it will happen quickly. Nur-Sultan will become Astana again, “the political scientist said in an interview with Lenta.ru.
The interlocutor of the publication recalled that in official reports the city is already called simply” the capital of Kazakhstan “, without mentioning it as Nur -Sultana.
In early January, protests broke out in the country over the rise in prices for liquefied gas, which quickly escalated into riots. One of the largest cities of the republic, Alma-Ata, was especially badly damaged. To maintain order, servicemen of the CSTO countries were brought into the country.
Former President Nazarbayev himself completely disappeared from sight and did not make any statements about the crisis in the country. His press secretary, Aidos Ukibai, previously stated that the ex-president is in the capital and is in contact with his successor, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.
Nazarbayev, who ruled Kazakhstan for three decades, resigned in 2019. After he left the top post, the capital of the country, Astana, was renamed Nur-Sultan.
Tokayev himself recently said that during Nazarbayev’s presidency, many profitable companies appeared in the country and “a stratum of people rich even by international standards” … According to him, the time has come for them to provide assistance to the population of the republic on a systematic and regular basis.
The protests in Kazakhstan, which escalated into major riots, occurred after the flight of the United States from Afghanistan, the actions of Washington led to the development of extremist ideas in the region. This was stated by the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov.
According to him, Kazakhstan has come under attack from radicals professing a misanthropic ideology. The ambassador noted that thousands of jihadists and looters tried to undermine the constitutional order in Kazakhstan, used weapons against civilians, and also caused damage to state and private property.
“ I will note that all this happens after the American flight from Afghanistan and the rapid development against this background of extremist ideas and trends in the region '', & mdash; said Antonov.
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Germany must finally abandon the launch of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. 2 ''. This opinion was expressed by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk.
According to him, the United States and Europe need to take tough preventive measures against Russia, instead of waiting for an escalation in their relations. 'Final abandonment of the Nord Stream gas pipeline' 2 '' must be part of this directory & raquo;, & mdash; he believes.
In addition, Melnyk called on the German government to facilitate Ukraine's accession to NATO and the European Union.
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In just a week, protests in Kazakhstan reached the level of pogroms and riots in Alma-Ata. And the country's authorities asked for help and asked the CSTO to send troops into the country. How events developed – in the chronology of RBC.
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Washington is uncomfortable with conducting a dialogue with Moscow, including on security guarantees, since it feels “ eyes and ears '' behind it; their Russophobic partners in NATO. About this in an interview with RIA Novosti said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“ They are uncomfortable with bilateral dialogue with us, because they feel behind them the eyes and ears of the most anti-Russian group in NATO, '' & mdash; he said.
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According to the Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, several thousand jihadists took part in mass protests in Kazakhstan, where they tried undermine the country's constitutional order.
The diplomat added on his Facebook page that radicals professing a misanthropic ideology had attacked Kazakhstan. Thousands of jihadists and looters tried to undermine the constitutional order by using weapons against civilians.
Antonov explained that this situation arose due to the fact that Washington withdrew its military contingent from Afghanistan, as a result of which the region became rapidly spread extremist ideas and trends.
“What can you talk about with people who decapitate police officers ?! Any negotiations with terrorists only encourage them to commit even more serious crimes. I am sure that Washington is well aware of this, but they do not want to give up double standards, “he said.
“Otherwise we'll turn into a province of China”
Members of the Congress of the intelligentsia of Russia supported joining NATO, since the Russian Federation is an integral part of the Western world, its natural ally.
Members of Congress, including Anatoly Chubais's father-in-law, director Andrei Smirnov, politician Leonid Gozman, publicist Andrei Piontkovsky and many others, are convinced that Russia needs to be not an enemy of NATO, but a full-fledged member of this military bloc.
Russia's entry into the alliance, they believe, would change the balance of power on the planet in favor of the values enshrined in the basic documents of the UN and the Council of Europe.
Members of Congress recalled that our country had such an opportunity in the 90s, but the country's leadership did not take advantage of this opportunity. Now they look with hope at the upcoming talks between Russia and NATO, hoping that Moscow will be included in the Western alliance.
“We want our country today and in the future to be worthy of its great culture, its best achievements and dinners. Our common victory over the world's evil in the Second World War. We want Russia not to be an enemy of European civilization, but to be an integral part of it, ”the statement, which was published on the Echo of Moscow website, underlines.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk made a statement in which he urged the German authorities to urgently and completely abandon the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and put an end to this project.
The diplomat urged not to wait for the aggravation of the situation in the southeast Ukraine.
“It is necessary now to apply tough preventive measures against Moscow, including refusal to use Nord Stream 2,” said Melnik, quoted by TASS.
Also the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany demanded that the new government of Germany facilitate the entry of the Independent into the European Union and NATO.
Secretary of State of Kazakhstan: CSTO forces will not be involved in all regions of the country The CSTO mission is of a peacekeeping nature and is designed for a short time, the Secretary of State of Kazakhstan emphasized. The forces of the peacekeeping mission will withdraw from the country after the situation has stabilized
The forces of the peacekeeping mission of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will not be involved in all regions of Kazakhstan, State Secretary of the country Yerlan Karin said in Telegram.
“ The CSTO forces will not be deployed in all regions. They will locally provide security for vital facilities. This is a reasonable measure ', & mdash; he wrote.
Karin stressed that the CSTO mission is peacekeeping. It is designed for a short time, and after stabilization of the situation, the CSTO contingent will be withdrawn from Kazakhstan, the Secretary of State added.
According to him, the transfer of forces of the peacekeeping mission made it possible to “ free up the necessary resources '' and pull down special forces for the counter-terrorist operation in Alma-Ata.
On January 6, the CSTO countries began to send peacekeepers to stabilize the situation in the republic and to protect military and state facilities. From Russia, the contingent included units of the airborne troops (Airborne Forces).
The CSTO includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Art. 4 of the CSTO treaty provides that the countries & mdash; the parties to the agreement immediately provide assistance to the state, which was attacked from outside, including the military.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev called the request for help from the CSTO appropriate, explaining that behind the unrest there are terrorist gangs'.
On January 2, protests began in Kazakhstan against the backdrop of rising gas prices. The protesters demanded a change in the current regime and the return of the 1993 Constitution, as well as an increase in wages and pensions, a decrease in the retirement age, prices for food, utilities and fuel.
Later, the protests escalated into riots , during which shops were destroyed, the city administrations, the Almaty airport were seized, clashes with the police and the military took place.
Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the country on January 5 and announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan said that fighters who fought in hot spots took part in the riots; on the side of Islamic radicals. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow views the events in the republic as an “ outside-inspired attempt '' to violently undermine the security and integrity of the state.
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Ukrainian ambassador: Germany should sell weapons to Kiev because of “historical responsibility” Germany bears the same historical and moral responsibility for Ukraine as for Israel, the Ukrainian ambassador to the FRG believes. This means that Berlin should start transferring weapons to Kiev, he concludes
Germany is morally responsible for the future of Ukraine and therefore must sell defensive weapons to Kiev. Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said this in an interview with the Funke media group.
“ We call on the [FRG] government to abandon the existing position, which is morally superfluous, and urgently provide Ukraine with the necessary defensive weapons. We have the right to self-defense '', & mdash; he said (quoted by TASS).
According to Melnik, Germany “ bears the same historical responsibility for Ukraine as for Israel. ''
Miller noted that Berlin's reluctance to provide weapons to Kiev could negatively affect the state of relations between Ukraine and Germany. “ The refusal of the FRG from the supply of defensive weapons causes great discontent in Ukrainian society and may have serious consequences for bilateral relations, '' & mdash; he emphasized.
In late December, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said in an interview with DPA that Berlin did not intend to supply weapons to Ukraine, even despite the possible threat from Russia. She stressed that, according to Berlin, “ further military escalation will not bring more security to Ukraine. '' and the FRG intends to look for a way out of their current situation exclusively through diplomatic means, through the Normandy format; and the OSCE. At the same time, the head of the German foreign policy department stressed that “ violation of international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine will have enormous political and economic consequences for Russia. ''
The United States is already supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reported that over the past year, Washington has transferred weapons to Ukraine for $ 0.5 billion. Deliveries will continue in case of aggression from Russia, he stressed.
According to the Axios portal, on the eve of negotiations with Russian officials officials in Geneva, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan received a recommendation from the expert group to increase arms supplies to Ukraine.
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KNB: the situation in Kazakhstan has stabilized and taken under control The security forces neutralized the centers of the terrorist threat in Kazakhstan and freed the administrative facilities previously seized by terrorists
The situation in Kazakhstan was stabilized and brought under control. This was reported by the press service of the country's National Security Committee (KNB).
“ Republican and regional operational headquarters for the fight against terrorism neutralized the centers of the terrorist threat. All administrative facilities seized by terrorists have been released '', & mdash; stressed in the KNB.
The security officials also managed to ensure the security of strategic facilities and storage sites for weapons and ammunition. At the moment, the KNB is working to identify the places of possible shelter of militants and participants in the riots in the country.
The press service called on residents of the country to assist in identifying persons involved in terrorist activities, as well as voluntarily hand over what was stolen during the riots weapon.
Earlier on January 10, the KNB announced the neutralization of two extremist cells that took part in the riots in Almaty, and the arrest of four members of one cell. During the searches, they found weapons, grenades and religious literature.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan said that the country was faced with the aggression of terrorists who were trained abroad and participated in the fighting in hot spots on the side of the militants. Kazakhstan's Secretary of State Yerlan Karin called the riots a “ hybrid terrorist attack '' aimed at destabilization and coup.
Terrorist gangs prepared abroad are behind the riots. and the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. According to him, the attackers were well-trained, well-organized, some of them did not speak Kazakh.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic reported that among the detainees there are foreign citizens & mdash; residents of a neighboring country.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko noted that his country had already faced a similar situation when “ bandit formations '' attacked the country and showed the whole world the threat of international terrorism. The Belarusian leader stressed that the goal of the extremists was to destabilize Kazakhstan and a fratricidal war.
The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow views the events in the republic as an “ outside-inspired attempt ''; undermine the integrity of the state.
On January 2, protests began in Kazakhstan over the rise in prices for motor gas. Later, the protests escalated into riots, despite the actions of the authorities to reduce the cost of fuel.
During the riots, shops were ransacked, city administrations, the Almaty airport were seized, clashes with the police and the military took place.
In Kazakhstan, there is a state of emergency, a counter-terrorist operation. At Tokayev's request, a CSTO contingent was brought into the country to stabilize the situation.
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A jazz musician from Kyrgyzstan Vikram Ruzakhunov, who was detained on suspicion of terrorism, was released from custody. The Kazakh media published a video of the interrogation, where the musician said that he was paid for participating in the protests
Kyrgyz jazz musician Vikram Ruzakhunov, who was detained in Kazakhstan on suspicion of involvement in terrorism, was released, Sputnik reports Kyrgyzstan '' with reference to the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan.
The source of the portal vb.kg, as well as a source of TASS in the power structures of Kyrgyzstan, specified that Ruzakhunov was being taken to Bishkek.
The arrest of the musician became known on January 9. The Kazakh media, in particular the state TV channel Qazaqstan, published a video of the interrogation in which the man claims to have flown in from Kyrgyzstan to participate in the rally. For this he was promised 90 thousand tenge & mdash; 15.2 thousand rubles The man said he was unemployed and agreed. On January 2, he arrived in Almaty, where he was taken to an apartment in which there were still citizens of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After the start of the rally, as the detainee said, he got scared and wanted to go home, but he was detained by the military.
Later, the Qazaqstan TV channel deleted the video with Ruzakhunov on its YouTube channel, Telegram and Facebook, Sputnik Kyrgyzstan noticed.
After Ruzakhunov's arrest, the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry began an investigation. In addition, Kyrgyzstan sent a note of protest to Kazakhstan after the arrest of the musician.
Chairman of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan Kamchybek Tashiev said that the detained musician was not a terrorist, and the information from the state TV channels of Kazakhstan was incorrect. He came to the Kazakh embassy in Bishkek, where a rally in support of Ruzakhunov was being held.
Since January 2, protests have been taking place in Kazakhstan against the background of the rise in the cost of motor fuel, which escalated into clashes with security officials and pogroms. The country's leadership believes that behind this are 'terrorist gangs' trained abroad. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help, they, including Russia, sent peacekeepers to the republic.
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The National Security Committee of Kazakhstan reported on the stabilization of the situation in the country. But there are still military patrols on the streets of Alma-Ata, and the city is just recovering after several days of clashes
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The Foreign Ministry declared the US unacceptable conditions for the resumption of the work of the Russia-NATO Council Washington insists on the agenda that suits it, with an emphasis on “de-escalation” and “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, but this is unacceptable for Moscow, the Foreign Ministry stressed
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The US wants to resume the work of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO on conditions unacceptable for Moscow. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in an interview with RIA Novosti. before meeting with the American delegation in Geneva.
“ They want to restore the activities of the NATO Russia Council, but on their own terms, on the agenda that suits them, with an emphasis on the so-called de-escalation, the so-called Russian aggression in Ukraine, '' & mdash; he specified.
Ryabkov also noted that the US approaches to the dialogue with Russia on security guarantees announced before the Geneva meeting did not come as a surprise to Moscow.
According to him, Moscow initially understood that Washington's line was to “ submerge '' Russian ideas and proposals into the 'technological environment from the point of view of diplomacy' that has developed over the past decades.
He suggested that the United States would prefer to 'merge everything' in the OSCE, where Russia has repeatedly raised these issues with minimal results.
The day before, the Russian and American delegations held talks on security guarantees. Russia was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, USA & mdash; Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Chief of Operations at the Joint Staff, Lieutenant General James Mingus.
Ryabkov called the two-hour talks “ amazing. '' According to him, the conversation was difficult, but businesslike.
The main day of the talks between Russia and the United States in Geneva is scheduled for January 10. On January 12, a meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO in Brussels, 13 January & mdash; talks between representatives of Russia and the OSCE in Vienna.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on December 17 sent the US and NATO a draft treaty on the security of Russia and the countries & mdash; members of the North Atlantic Alliance. The Russian side proposed to abandon the creation of military bases in the former USSR countries and a ban on military activities on the territory of Ukraine.
Among other proposals & mdash; mutual renunciation of the deployment of armed forces and weapons in areas where such deployment would be perceived by the other side as a threat. There is also a clause in the document about the impossibility of unleashing a nuclear war.
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An extraordinary CSTO summit in Kazakhstan took place. The meeting was requested by the Kazakh authorities. The meeting was attended by the leaders of five countries. How the meeting went and what the leaders said – in the RBC video
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President of Kazakhstan Tokayev said that an attempted coup was made in the country. Preparations for a coup had been going on for a long time, and the wave of unrest began “as if by a single command,” the President of Kazakhstan noted
An attempt was made to carry out a coup d'etat in Kazakhstan. This was stated by the country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a speech at an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council.
He pointed out that the preparations had been going on for a long time. “ How long did this preparation take? '' a year, two, three, the investigation will show & raquo;, & mdash; added the President of Kazakhstan.
According to Tokayev, the organizers of the riots took advantage of the discontent of local residents with increased gas prices & mdash; the protests were followed by groups of armed militants who were waiting in the wings.
“ Under the guise of spontaneous protests, a wave of riots unfolded. As if on a single command, religious radicals, criminals, notorious bandits, looters and petty hooligans appeared & lt; … & gt; We are talking about an attempted coup '', & mdash; the head of state emphasized.
Tokayev recalled the simultaneous attacks on administrative buildings, the airport, TV tower, banks, attempts to block the work of ambulances and firefighters. “ Real battles were going on in Alma-Ata and other cities, '' & mdash; added the president.
The militants had a numerical advantage of at least five times and attacked police and military personnel with particular cruelty – & mdash; The heads of two servicemen were beheaded, Tokayev said.
The aggression simultaneously covered 11 regions in order to “ diffuse the resources of the state. At some point, events in Kazakhstan became critical, he added. After Alma-Ata and nine regional centers were “ in the hands of bandits '', the Kazakh authorities announced an anti-terrorist operation and turned to the CSTO.
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 due to a twofold increase in the price of liquefied gas & mdash; from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles) per liter. Tokayev on January 5 ordered to introduce temporary state regulation of fuel prices. However, the actions of the authorities had no effect on the protests, and later they escalated into riots.
In several large cities, rioters clashed with security forces. In Alma-Ata, they stormed administrative buildings, attacked police and KNB departments, seized the airport.
The Kazakh authorities introduced a state of emergency, announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation and requested assistance from partners in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) .
The countries & ndash; parties to the agreement on January 6 sent a contingent to Kazakhstan to stabilize the situation in the country and protect military and state facilities. From Russia, airborne units entered the contingent.
On January 10, the Kazakh authorities announced that the situation in the country had been brought under control.
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The President of Kazakhstan said that during the coup attempt, armed militants attacked the country's largest city, Alma-Ata, from three directions, like a “huge flock of hyenas”
The militants launched several waves of aggression against Kazakhstan, these events will go down in history as the “ Alma-Ata tragedy, '' said President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev during the CSTO online summit, broadcast by RBK.
“ Armed militants rushed into the city from three directions, like a huge flock of hyenas. At first, they masqueraded as peaceful demonstrators, misled the police and even the residents of the city. And then began what will go down in history, probably, as the Alma-Ata tragedy '', & mdash; Tokayev said.
The President of Kazakhstan stressed that, in general, we are talking about an attempted coup d'etat in the country. The actions of the militants were coordinated from one center. “ Having a complete picture of events, I can responsibly declare that all events since the beginning of this year constitute links in one chain. They are subordinated to a single destructive plan, the preparation of which took a long time. How long did this preparation take & mdash; a year, two, three, & mdash; will show the consequence & raquo;, & mdash; said the President of Kazakhstan.
In his speech, Tokayev has repeatedly stressed that the matter concerns an attack on Kazakhstan by international terrorists. According to him, this is also evidenced by the characteristic handwriting: the attackers took the bodies of the dead and took them out of the morgues. At one point, Alma-Ata and nine regional centers fell into the hands of bandits, but the arrival of the CSTO contingent helped to recapture the largest city of Kazakhstan from the attackers. Only after learning about the arrival of three planes with CSTO forces, the militants abandoned their plans to attack the residence of the President of Kazakhstan.
our country '', & mdash; he stated.
According to him, the terrorists hoped to draw off the forces of law and order in order to then strike at the capital of Kazakhstan & mdash; Nur-Sultan. The fall of Alma-Ata would open the way to capture the south of the country, and then the whole of Kazakhstan, he believes.
The riots that began in Kazakhstan on January 2 were initially provoked by a doubling of prices for liquefied gas, which is used by up to 70% of motorists in the country. However, later political demands began to sound at the protests, including the resignation of the government. On January 5 and 6, the conflict escalated, and the rallies escalated into military clashes.
A number of administrative buildings, including the akimats (administrations) of Almaty, Aktau and several other cities, were seized. A state of emergency was declared in the country, the authorities of Kazakhstan turned to the CSTO for help. Peacekeeping contingents from Russia, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have been brought into Kazakhstan. Air communication with Alma-Ata has been interrupted, the city has almost no mobile communications and the Internet.
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“Maidan technologies” were used to organize riots in Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin said. According to him, he fully agrees with Tokayev's words about the attack on the country by those who took advantage of the protests
In Kazakhstan, the organizers of the riots used Maidan technologies. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech at an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, broadcast by RBK.
“ Elements of force information support of protests inherent in Maidan technologies were actively used, '' & mdash; said the Russian leader. Organized and well-managed groups of militants whose actions should be assessed as an attack on Kazakhstan were the results of training in terrorist camps abroad, he added.
According to Putin, it was necessary to react to the current situation without delay in order to prevent the undermining of the current government.
The Russian President also stressed that the “ threat to Kazakhstani statehood '' arose not because of spontaneous protests caused by the rise in fuel prices, but because the situation was “ taken advantage of by destructive internal and external forces. ''
“ Those people who spoke [about] the situation on the gas market, & mdash; these are one people, and they have the same goals, and those who took up arms, attacked the state, this is & mdash; completely different people, and they have different goals '', & mdash; Putin said.
Speaking at the CSTO online summit, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev said earlier that the events of recent days in the country were the result of the efforts of a group of international terrorists. According to him, this is also indicated by the “ characteristic handwriting '' their actions when the attackers took the bodies of the dead and took them out of the morgues. Tokayev also said that Kazakhstan will provide evidence of this version to the international community upon completion of the investigation.
In his speech, Tokayev also said that an attempted coup d'etat had been made in Kazakhstan, preparations for which had been going on for the previous several years. “ Under the guise of spontaneous protests, a wave of riots unfolded. As if on a single command, religious radicals, criminals, notorious bandits, looters and petty hooligans appeared & lt; … & gt; We are talking about an attempted coup '', & mdash; Tokayev said.
Protests, prompted by a two-fold increase in fuel prices, began in Kazakhstan on January 2, with rallies in the west of the republic, in the cities of Zhanaozen and Atyrau. Then unrest began in Alma-Ata, Aktobe, Taldykorgan and other cities of the country, they began to be accompanied by clashes with the police. Despite the authorities' promise to reduce fuel prices, the protests continued, the protesters put forward political demands, including demanding ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev's withdrawal from politics.
President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev dismissed the government. On January 5, an emergency regime was introduced throughout the republic. Tokayev also headed the Security Council of Kazakhstan & mdash; it was this position that Nazarbayev held after his resignation from the presidency and promised that he would soon come up with “ new proposals for political transformation ''
In the evening of the same day, Tokayev asked for support from partners in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which, in addition to Kazakhstan, includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The members of the association sent peacekeepers to the country to ensure the protection of key infrastructure facilities.
On January 10, the mayor of Almaty, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, announced the normalization of the city's life, which became the epicenter of unrest and looting.
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On January 12, NATO and Russian representatives will meet in Brussels. In particular, they will discuss the alleged concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. And on January 10, Russian and US diplomats will meet in Geneva.
Meanwhile, officials from the states that are the most active and oldest members of NATO believe that the upcoming meeting will allow the alliance to convey to Moscow that if it does increase tensions in the Ukrainian direction, it will face “ serious economic consequences. '' Tools similar to those used in 2014 will be used. These measures will represent tough economic sanctions, as well as an even greater NATO presence on Russia's borders.
As CNN writes after & nbsp; conversations with officials and experts, the West is now much less afraid of Russia than it used to be. At the same time, now the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has formed the image of a strong leader who should be feared. Nevertheless & nbsp; the author of the analytical material believes that the reason for the “ growing aggression '' The head of Russia was partially reduced by the reduction of his opportunities and influence in other spheres.
Russia has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the future of its hydrocarbon-based economy “looks bleak,” according to analyst Pasi Eronen. It is & nbsp; the presence of this alleged economic weakness is the factor influencing which the West could force Putin to act.
As the famous financier Bill Browder said, the main thing is & ndash; correctly coordinate economic sanctions against Putin and Russian business. As a result, this would allow very quickly “ cornered '' Russian leader.
And if all NATO member states act in concert, then at a critical moment this may serve as the most decisive signal, writes Inosmi.
According to Richard Connolly, a junior research fellow at the Royal Institute for Defense Research, it is possible to increase the punishment for Russian companies for doing business either by restricting access to capital, as well as by restricting access to technology. All of this could have a greater impact on the Russian economy and on Putin's inner circle. And the introduction of secondary sanctions against those who trade with Russia in the field of energy, weapons & nbsp; or strategic goods could cause the same damage as the secondary sanctions inflicted on Iran.
And also, according to the ex-Minister of Defense of Lithuania Races Yuknevičienė, the time has come to accelerate the process of Ukraine's accession to NATO.
In addition, CNN recalls that Putin is now trying to overcome several foreign policy crises that arose after the transfer of Russian troops to Kazakhstan to quell the riots.
As a result, CNN notes that if the West wants to “ put Putin in his place '' ; then the unity of the countries must be inviolable.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Washington intends to restore the work of the Russia-NATO Council on conditions that Moscow considers unacceptable. According to the diplomat, the United States plans to reinstate the NATO-Russia Council on an agenda that suits them, with an emphasis on the so-called de-escalation of “Russian aggression.” in Ukraine.
Prior to that, the first meeting between the Russian and American delegations in the format of a dinner took place in Geneva. Talking about the results of these “ preliminary '' consultations on security guarantees, Ryabkov clarified that the conversation was difficult, but businesslike. The main part of the talks is scheduled for Monday in a closed format on the territory of the US Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva.
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov appreciated the preliminary & nbsp; part of the talks between Moscow and Washington on security guarantees. Following a meeting with First US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman in Geneva, the Russian Deputy Minister said that the conversation was “difficult, but businesslike.” In the end, as he pointed out, the meeting went “amazingly.” Probably, on January 10, during the main negotiations, “we will not waste time.”
The high-ranking diplomat also noted that during negotiations with the United States, Russia would like to test their ability to make responsible decisions at a difficult moment. According to him, it is difficult for Washington to conduct a bilateral dialogue with Moscow, as “they feel behind them the eyes and ears of the most anti-Russian group in NATO.”
But Russia's approach is different. Ryabkov added that Moscow would like to come to an agreement with the United States and see how they can “ make responsible decisions at the current difficult, if not alarming, moment from the point of view of European security. ''
In the evening, January 9 , representatives of the Russian Federation and the United States held consultations over dinner. Ryabkov leads the Russian interagency delegation; & nbsp; from the American side was led by First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
Russian President Vladimir Putin confused the name of his Kazakh counterpart Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev. During an extraordinary session of the CSTO, Putin called him “Kemel Zhomartovich.” p>
Tokayev himself did not comment on the reservation. During the session, he thanked Putin for sending the CSTO peacekeeping contingent to the republic.
Earlier, at an annual press conference in December, Putin, speaking of Tokayev, called him simply “the new president,” but did not pronounce his name.