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Russia hopes US understands CSTO presence in Kazakh conflict

Moscow, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, María Zakharova, said after the summit of presidents of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) that hopefully Washington will understand the reason for the presence of the Organization in Kazakhstan.

The official reminded Channel 1 television that in recent days several Western countries declared that they did not understand on what basis the Nur-Sultan authorities requested help from the CSTO (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan).

In Zakharova’s words, it was strange to listen to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken; or to the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, saying that they do not understand the events in Kazakhstan and why the country’s leadership made those decisions.

“Now, in an hour, the heads of state in the framework of the CSTO told the world how they reacted, what is the international legal basis for this decision, how they assess the situation and how it evolved. I think all the questions that were raised o which, hypothetically could have been raised, were answered”, she stated.

This Monday, the heads of the CSTO member countries spoke via videoconference about the riots that took place in recent days in Kazakhstan, the current situation in that country and defined measures to counter the possible continuation of the terrorist threat against those nations.


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