WorldWatch the CSTO military alliance parade before leaving Kazakhstan

Watch the CSTO military alliance parade before leaving Kazakhstan

The withdrawal ceremony comes a week after the deployment to help stabilize the unrest in Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh government suspects the former national security chief of a coup d’etat.

Russia said the withdrawal would be completed on January 19, earlier than the previously announced deadline.

The CSTO’s deployment of troops to Kazakhstan and Russia’s reinforcement of troops near Ukraine has been criticized by Western leaders. Moscow has always vehemently denied the accusations that it wants to send troops into Ukraine.

Russia said this week’s security talks had failed to resolve the issue and threatened with unpredictable consequences.

CSTO alliance’s withdrawal ceremony from Kazakhstan


It was not immediately clear how many of the roughly 2,500 deployed troops would withdraw.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for support from the CSTO last week after protests against fuel price hikes spread and turned violent in many major cities. On January 12, Kazakhstan announced the completion of the “anti-terrorist” campaign across the country, although Almaty has not yet been declared completely safe.

Nearly 10,000 have been arrested during the protests, many of which are believed to be foreigners trained by IS militants. Mr. Tokayev emphasized this is the reason CSTO participates in support.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken previously warned that it may be difficult to get Russian troops out of Kazakhstan after they have deployed there. The Russian side responded by recalling the history of sending troops abroad.

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