Jan 7, 2022
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The SCO declared its readiness to provide assistance to Kazakhstan upon receipt of a request

The regional anti-terrorist structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS SCO) announced its readiness to provide the necessary assistance to Kazakhstan upon request.

“[Исполком] declares its readiness to provide the necessary assistance from the SCO RATS in accordance with the established procedure at the appropriate request of the competent authority of the Republic of Kazakhstan, ”the message says.

The executive committee of the RATS declared support for the decisive actions of the Kazakh authorities “to ensure public safety, protect the constitutional order” and expressed condolences to the families and friends of the military and law enforcement officers who died in the collision with the protesters.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an international organization founded on June 15, 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Later, India, Pakistan and Iran became full members. The observers include Belarus, Mongolia and Afghanistan.

Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 amid a two-fold increase in gas fuel prices. On January 4-5, the strongest unrest took place in Alma-Ata. In the evening of January 5, a state of emergency was introduced throughout Kazakhstan. On January 6, Russian peacekeepers began arriving in the country as part of the CSTO. Also, servicemen from Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia will be sent to the country.

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