The CSTO Collective Security Council has decided to send the collective peacekeeping forces of the CSTO to Kazakhstan. This is the first time that the CSTO peacekeeping forces are deployed in a CSTO member state.
The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The President of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan is the current Chairman of the Collective Security Council.
The total number of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO is about 3,600 people. Their composition and strength are determined by the decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council for each peacekeeping operation individually, according to the each specific situation in the conflict zone.
The composition of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces may include military, police (police) and civilian personnel, from which are formed:
- combined Command; combat units;
- police units;
- a group of military observers;
- units of combat,
- technical and rear support;
- other bodies and departments to ensure the implementation of the tasks.
They may may be assigned with such tasks as separation of conflicting parties, creating conditions for negotiations and other measures for the peaceful settlement of the conflict, control of the locality and actions of the population in the area of responsibility, combating mass unrest, protection and defense of vital objects, taking measures to ensure communication between the conflicting parties etc.
Earlier there were reports that the 45th Regiment of the Russian Airborne Forces stationed in Kubinka (Odintsovsky District of Moscow Oblast) was put on alert. According to Russian media, this very regiment may be deployed as a part of the CSTO force to repel the aggression against the country. Military units of other CSTO member states are also reportedly ready to be deployed.
The decision was taken following the request of the president of Kazakhstan Tokayev.
An anti-terrorist operation was previously launched in the airport of Almaty against armed rioters. Two servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan were killed. The Kazakh military took control over the airport. The airport is now being transferred to normal operation, according to deputy head of the city administration.
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