US has number of questions about introduction of CSTO troops into Kazakhstan

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CNN, according to Trend reports, that the United States has a number of questions about the introduction of CSTO forces into Kazakhstan.

“The United States has real questions about why this organization should be recalled.”

“These should be things that the Kazakhstan government can handle on its own and deal with it in a rights-respecting way,” he said.

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. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government has launched 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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