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Belarus labels Kazakhstan events as a coup attempt

Belarus labels Kazakhstan events as a coup attempt

Minsk, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Belarus today described the events in Kazakhstan as a violent coup attempt and expressed support for the efforts of Nursultan's authorities to stop the riots.
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In a statement released Thursday, the Foreign Ministry stressed its support for the measures implemented by the authorities of the Asian nation to restore the normal functioning of the country.

It also drew attention to “the good coordination of actions” by the demonstrators confronting the security forces.

In view of such a situation, Minsk will help Kazakhstan and will fulfill its commitments as an ally within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to the fullest extent, so it will send military personnel as part of the peacekeeping forces, the document stressed. On Thursday the presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Shavkat Mirziyóyev and Emomalí Rakhmon, discussed bilateral relations by telephone and exchanged views on the situation in Kazakhstan, the Tashkent press service reported.

The leaders urged the parties to show restraint and resolve problems peacefully, while expressing readiness to combine efforts to ensure peace, stability and security in the region.

The Tajik Defense Ministry assured the Russian news agency TASS that a Tajik peacekeeping battalion of 200 military personnel is ready to be deployed to Kazakhstan to provide assistance within the framework of the CSTO.

He added that the troops will be sent to that nation in stages and that the first 100 soldiers will arrive this Thursday.

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