Putin, Tokayev discuss measures “to restore order” in Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had a “long” telephone conversation to discuss the situation in Kazakhstan following unprecedented unrest, the Kremlin announced on Saturday.

He said Tokayev briefed Putin “in detail” on the situation in the country, “noting that it is moving towards stabilization,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

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Tokayev also thanked the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military alliance and “in particular” Russia for helping to crack down on the protests that erupted earlier this week.

“The presidents exchanged views on measures taken to restore order in Kazakhstan,” the Kremlin said.

The two leaders agreed to keep in “constant” contact and to hold a CSTO videoconference meeting in the coming days, the Kremlin added.

Long regarded as one of the five most stable ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia, Kazakhstan has plunged into chaos this week, prompting Tokayev to call in troops from the Moscow-led alliance.

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