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US warns Russia against rights violations in Kazakhstan

While the protests that broke out with the increase in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices in Kazakhstan have continued since January 2, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), whose members include Russia, agreed to send peacekeepers to Kazakhstan.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that the US warned Russia not to take control of the institutions in Kazakhstan and emphasized that the world is closely following any rights violations. “The United States of America and frankly the whole world will watch any human rights violation,” Price said, adding, “We will be monitoring any action that may prepare a place for the seizure of Kazakh institutions.”

President Kasım Cömert Tokayev asked for help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), of which Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are members, to suppress the violence in the country. The organization agreed to send peacekeepers to the country to stabilize the situation in Kazakhstan, and military units from Russia and Armenia were sent to Kazakhstan today. Tajikistan also announced that it decided to send 200 soldiers to the country.

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