The sudden outbreak of violence in Kazakhstan has taken analysts and international observers by surprise. Now, the decision to deploy a regional peacekeeping force has become the latest major milestone for the post-Soviet era.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which joins the armed forces of six former republics of the USSR, including Kazakhstan, announced that it would send a peacekeeping force to help maintain order as unrest spread across the vast Central Asian nation.

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The move represents a blurring of the line between internal and external processes – the reasons that the Kazakh government is teetering on the brink of collapse are domestic in nature, and are related to the prolonged and increasingly weird transfer of power after the almost three-decades-long rule of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev.

However, the street protests, which were sparked by fuel prices and have seen government buildings torched and troops surrender to demonstrators, have been immediately presented as an act of outside aggression on the part of foreign terrorist groups.

From now on, it seems, the enemy always comes from the outside, even if it is actually inside. That claim gives formal grounds to declare the country is under attack and call in the CSTO.

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This was not the case in the past, when similar recurring events were seen frequently in Kyrgyzstan, nor in Armenia three and a half years ago.

Back then, the CSTO – Moscow mainly, but also the other members themselves – highlighted the internal nature of the unrest, saying there was no need for a foreign intervention.

These changes are not brought about by external influence.Foreign players have to react to them, intervene or threaten to intervene, as they did in Belarus, adapt and try to make it all work in their favor, but the final result depends on how mature and efficient a country’s new social and political systems are rather than on any foreign patrons.

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This is the first time Russia is using an institution it controls to pursue its own political goals. Until now, it seemed that such structures were purely ornamental.

It’s clear that the CSTO peacekeepers deployed to Kazakhstan will be made up mainly of Russian troops, that guarantees an effective response.

Using the coalition brand gives Moscow more opportunities and additionally justifies the existence of this alliance. Time will tell whether any other CSTO member states will face a Kazakh scenario, but the precedent has been set.

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With Russia-US talks on security issues around the corner, this is a timely reminder that Moscow can make swift and unorthodox military and political decisions to influence the events in its sphere of interests.

The larger this construct, the bigger the shouldered responsibility becomes, of course, including the responsibility for the developments in the countries where troubles are far from over.

Of course, Moscow would have to deal with any fallout from these troubles anyway, and it’s easier to do so proactively and through a variety of tools at hand.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point Security News 2022.

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Multi Craft Men
Multi Craft Men
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06-01-22 21:57

It is clear that NATO expansion is not only about Ukraine and Georgia but also about all the formal soviet countries. Even Mongolia is worth to keep an eye on. NATO is lurking in the dark.

Jonathan
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06-01-22 21:58

But failed in Georgia, Syria and Venezuela

A Joyce
A Joyce
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06-01-22 22:00

Another failed western coup.

Fata Morgana
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06-01-22 22:02

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Joe 2.5
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06-01-22 22:01

All very reasonable and most no doubt true, but the date at which these heavily pre-organized riots exploded, i.e. barely 3-6 days from the summit meetings with NATO and the US to discuss the Russian demands, and the hugely obvious answer to the “cui bono?”, make it very hard to accept any suggestion that the US element is not dominant in this color revolution Number 5 and counting. This is one more CIA “revolution”.

Fata Morgana
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06-01-22 22:03

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Fata Morgana
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07-01-22 01:28

Dozens of protesters were killed as they tried to take over government buildings in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty, the country’s police spokesman said Thursday. Saltanat Azirbek, in a statement to local news channel Haber 24, said clashes were reported as police officers tried to stop protesters from entering government buildings in Almaty. Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that more than 200 people were detained for disrupting public order, 37 police vehicles were damaged and 95 police officers were injured. To ensure public safety, a state of emergency was declared in Almaty and the oil-rich Mangystau region in the west from… Read more »

Juba
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09-01-22 16:47

Russia’s 3,000-strong troop deployment shows willingness to act quickly and do anything to keep control of its neighborhood.