Online meeting of heads of CSTO member-states scheduled for Jan. 10

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9

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Nikol Pashinyan, acting head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), said an online conference of heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states was provisionally scheduled for January 10 to discuss the situation in Kazakhstan, the trend reports with reference to TASS.

The press service confirmed that “a tentative date has been set for an online conference of the heads of state of the CSTO on January 10.”

This information was confirmed by the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov.

The Kazakh government announced in late January 4 that it was restoring some caps on LPG prices, after rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in fuel prices at the start of the year.

Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is much cheaper than gasoline as a car fuel in Kazakhstan due to the price cap. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and raised the ceilings on Jan. 1.

After the fuel price hike, large demonstrations broke out on January 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers give advance notice.

After the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency throughout the country. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government has started anti-terror operations to deal with the ongoing riots.

Also, the CSTO’s Unified Peacekeeping Unit teams have arrived in Kazakhstan to help restore order and help protect the country’s strategic goals.

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