Russian planes fly peacekeepers to Kazakhstan: CSTO
MOSCOW, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Aerospace Forces are delivering a contingent to Kazakhstan as part of a peacekeeping mission organized by the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the military bloc said Thursday.
The Collective Peacekeeping Forces include troops from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Moscow-led CSTO said in a statement on its website.
The mission's main tasks are to protect important state and military facilities, and to provide assistance to the Kazakh law enforcement agencies to stabilize the situation, it added, without disclosing the scale of the forces.
Violent protests in Kazakhstan, particularly in the country's largest city of Almaty, have caused multiple deaths over the past days, according to various reports.
In order to put an end to the riots, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the government's resignation on Wednesday, and then seek help from the CSTO.