The day before, peacekeepers from Armenia, Belarus, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan also flew out of Kazakhstan.
In Kazakhstan, on Saturday, January 15, 18 planes with Russian peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and military equipment took off from Almaty airport.
This is reported by Interfax with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
“Today, 15 Il-76 aircraft and three An-124s of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces will deliver the personnel and equipment of the Airborne Forces units, which completed tasks as part of the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces,” the Russian defense ministry said.
It is noted that upon arrival at the airfields in the Ivanovo and Moscow regions, the units will make marches on standard equipment to the points of permanent deployment.
On the eve of the peacekeeping contingents from Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan, having completed the loading of equipment and personnel, on military transport aircraft Il-76 of the Russian Aerospace Forces also flew out of Kazakhstan and returned to their homeland.
In addition, peacekeepers from Kyrgyzstan returned to the point of permanent deployment. It is expected that the return of all peacekeepers to their permanent deployment points will be completed by January 19.
At the beginning of 2022, protests continued in Kazakhstan over the price of liquefied gas for several days in a row, against which the country's President Kasim-Zhomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency and turned to the CSTO with a request for military support.
From January 6, peacekeeping forces began to arrive in Kazakhstan from the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, in particular from Russia.
On January 7, the president announced that he had ordered the security forces to open fire to kill without warning. On the evening of the same day, the authorities reported that the cities had been taken under control and that order had almost been restored.
On January 13, the CSTO officially announced the end of the military operation in Kazakhstan and began to withdraw troops.