White House: events in Kazakhstan do not affect plans for negotiations with Moscow
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The US authorities reacted to the introduction of Russian peacekeepers into Kazakhstan, RIA Novosti reports.
According to the agency, the White House is monitoring the situation in Kazakhstan and does not yet know whether the invitation of the peacekeepers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was legitimate. They also said that the events in the country had no effect on the plans for negotiations between Washington and Moscow.
Earlier, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas named the period of the presence of peacekeepers in Kazakhstan. According to him, it will depend on the situation and the decision of the country's leadership. When the operation is over, all forces will be withdrawn.
On January 5, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev appealed to the CSTO for help because of the unrest that broke out in the country. Russia sent airborne units. The next day, the advance group of the organization's peacekeeping forces began work in Kazakhstan.