Jan 9, 2022
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The Daily Beast: Kazakhstan has chosen Russia

“Violent riots turned into massacres in the streets of the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. The riots killed dozens of protesters and law enforcement officials and injured hundreds.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who just a week ago was considered a weak shadow of the now ousted chairman of the Kazakhstan Security Council, Norsultan Nazarbayev, admitted that he was the one who ordered law enforcement officers to “shoot to kill” the rebels. Never before has any post-Soviet leader admitted to such a thing, ”

– according to the American Internet news outlet daily beast

The Daily Beast: Kazakhstan has chosen Russia

The publication assures that Kazakh demonstrators took to the streets solely to defend economic and social demands, but the President of Kazakhstan called them “International terrorist gangs”that the local security forces were unable to deal with. This is how Tokayev explained his appeal for help to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), whose peacekeeping forces number 3,600 troops, and which is headed by Russia.

All this comes after the military alliance, which includes six former Soviet republics (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan), remained a military alliance only on paper for thirty years, without taking any action. Moreover, a few years ago the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko insisted that he would never send his military to the territory of another state, however, after the opposition protests that took place in his country, he seems to have changed his mind, and now the Belarusian military arrived on the territory of Kazakhstan to restore order there, writes Daily beast

“This is the first time that the CSTO forces are deployed in a foreign state, and this is a signal to Washington: Vladimir Putin has his own effective NATO capable of solving military tasks. The sudden revival of Russia’s military alliance came in very handy on the eve of the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, as well as with the NATO leadership, during which the West will have to respond to the Kremlin’s demand to stop its military expansion into Eastern Europe, ”

– notes Daily beast

The publication emphasizes the fact that all international experts contacted by the journalists daily beast, with one voice they say – Vladimir Putin lucky again: events are developing in such a way that with the help of the problems that have befallen the Kazakh president, the Kremlin has once again demonstrated its strength. And now it is possible that Russia will have a military base in Kazakhstan as well, and the Russian military will not leave this country.

But how good everything was, the Internet publication complains, Kazakhstan maintained close economic and political ties with the West, they worked freely in the country Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and other American companies, although democratic reforms in Kazakhstan were carried out with great difficulty, there was hope for a democratic future for Kazakhstan. Now all this remains in the future – the protests have strengthened relations between Kazakhstan and Russia.

“By inviting the forces of the CSTO, President Tokayev made a choice between three options facing his country: radical Islamization, powerful Chineseization, and the Russian world. To Putin’s incredible luck, he chose Russia “,

– states Daily beastciting a Russian international affairs expert and professor at New School University Nina Khrushchev

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