Moscow-Led CSTO Forces Guard Buildings in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Forces under the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) were guarding telecom offices, airports, military sites, bakeries, power plants, and other buildings in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after several days of unrest in the country.

Russia and other members of the CSTO — a NATO-like alliance made up of post-Soviet countries — arrived in Kazakhstan on January 6 after Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev requested assistance in quelling protests.

Footage released by the Russian defense ministry on Tuesday, January 11, shows Russian, Armenian, and Tajikistani troops guarding various facilities around Almaty.

On Tuesday, Tokayev told Kazakhstan’s parliament that the peacekeeping force would soon leave the country. Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense via Storyful

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