Russian Troops Return Home After Brief Kazakhstan Deployment

CSTO deployment to finish pullout by Wednesday

The Kazakhstan unrest was declared over last weekend, and a 10-day pullout phase for CSTO troops was announced, to end on Wednesday the 19th. Ahead of schedule, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Sunday that they had completed the pullout, and were back in Russia.

Indications are that the other CSTO nations are in the process of pulling out, but that it is expected to be completed in the next couple of days. The situation in Kazakhstan has remained calm since this brief involvement.

Rising fuel prices started spreading violent protests in Kazakhstan, eventually leading to looting. President Tokayev subsequently claimed this was a coup attempt.

Russia and the CSTO were sought to restore calm,with the US expressing opposition and warning they’d never be able to get Russia to leave. In the end, the Russian part of this operation lasted not much more than a week.

Author: Jason Ditz

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