Borrell fears that the Russian military sent to Kazakhstan may stay there. Earlier, US Secretary of State Blinken made a similar statement. Russian peacekeepers were sent to Kazakhstan after the country's president turned to the CSTO for help amid protests
The Russian military sent to Kazakhstan may stay there, suggested EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell in an interview with BBC Radio 4.
“Experience shows that when the Russians come, it’s hard for them to leave”, & mdash; Borrell said.
Previously, this point of view was expressed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. “ When Russians are in your house, it can be difficult to get them to leave, '' & mdash; he said. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on Blinken's words, said: “When Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive, not to be robbed or raped.” She recalled that at the hands of the United States, “ the Indians of the North American continent, Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraqis, Panamanians, Yugoslavs, Libyans, Syrians and many other unfortunate people who were unlucky enough to see at home '' suffered these uninvited guests. ''
The CSTO peacekeeping forces, including the Russian contingent, were sent to Kazakhstan due to the protests that began on January 2 after a sharp increase in prices for liquefied gas. The demonstrations escalated into clashes with the police, rioters began to seize administrative buildings.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appealed to the leaders of the CSTO countries with a request for support in overcoming the “ terrorist threat ''. He stated that large infrastructure facilities are being seized by 'terrorist gangs', we are talking about 'external aggression'.
In accordance with Art. 4 of the Collective Security Treaty, the parties to the agreement immediately provide assistance, including military assistance, to a state that has been attacked from outside. When a threat to security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty arises, the parties to the agreement activate a mechanism of joint consultations to coordinate their positions, develop and take measures to provide assistance. The organization includes Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan on the night of January 6. According to the chairman of the council, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the peacekeeping forces are being introduced “ for a limited period of time in order to stabilize and normalize. '' environment.
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