Session of CSTO Collective Security Council
Vladimir Putin took part in an emergency session of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Collective Security Council.
The Republic of Armenia chaired the videoconference meeting, which was devoted to the situation in Kazakhstan and measures to normalise it.
Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Japarov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Stanislav Zas.
English transcripts will be added when available.
President Putin’s Readout:
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much, colleagues.
At this session we are discussing a truly serious issue of concern to all of us – the situation in Kazakhstan and ways to normalise it. And I agree with Mr Lukashenko that it concerns all of us.
Regarding the developments in Kazakhstan, all of us know that President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appealed to the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation for assistance, because his country, a fraternal country and a CSTO member state, came across an unprecedented challenge to its security, integrity and sovereignty.
We know that the current threat to Kazakhstan’s statehood is not rooted in the spontaneous protests over fuel prices but in the fact that destructive internal and external forces made use of this situation. The people who protested over the situation on the fuel market and their goals are different from the people who took up arms to attack the state and their goals.
Actively used were ‘Maidan’ technologies of armed and information support for the protests. There were organised and controlled groups of fighters, as President Tokayev has pointed out just now, including people who had apparently received training in terrorist camps abroad, and their attack on Kazakhstan, as President Tokayev has noted – and it was essentially an attack on the country, on Kazakhstan – amounts to an act of aggression. I fully agree with him in this regard.
All of that called for an emergency response, and the appeal by the President of Kazakhstan was immediately supported by all heads of the CSTO member states and the Prime Minister of Armenia as the current Chair of the Collective Security Council.
Crucially, our organisation and its secretariat have been able to take all the necessary decisions in a swift and well-coordinated manner. In fact, we had very little time and had to act in a matter of hours to prevent the foundations of state authority in Kazakhstan from being undermined, and the situation inside the country from deteriorating, as well as to stop terrorists, criminals, looters, and other criminal elements.
The President of Kazakhstan has already told me during our telephone conversations that he has been receiving calls all the time from people asking and even pleading for him to protect them from these criminals and terrorists.
We coordinated our joint steps to help the brotherly people of Kazakhstan in the swiftest possible manner, fully engaging the CSTO mechanism. The CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces have been sent to Kazakhstan. I would like to note that it will stay there for a limited period, as long as the President of Kazakhstan, the head of state, decides. Make no mistake, once it fulfils its mission, the entire force will leave the territory of Kazakhstan. We have succeeded in completing the deployment of this force within quite a short period of time.
We view our joint actions as extremely timely and absolutely legitimate. The CSTO forces arrived in Kazakhstan following a formal request from the republic’s leadership and strictly in keeping with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty of 1992. Under this article, in the event of aggression against any of the member states, all other countries shall immediately provide the affected member state, at its request, the necessary assistance and support, including military assistance. We have been witnessing an international terrorist aggression. Where did these armed groups come from? It is obvious that they were trained in foreign camps and acquired combat experience in hotspots around the world.
Our organisation has demonstrated its potential and the ability to take swift, decisive and effective action. Each of our allies contributed to fulfilling this mission within the CSTO forces: they include units from all member states without exception that are already there and are proactively carrying out their mission.
This shows that the CSTO’s long-term work, I would like to stress that it is truly long-term and painstaking work to establish an integral security system for member states, including, of course, the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces – this work is producing results. Colleagues, it is very important that our countries’ service personnel train under common programmes, and that they are issued standard or compatible weapons, equipment and communications systems.
We streamlined the deployment of peacekeepers during joint regular exercises. This was done for example during the CSTO’s recent Indestructible Brotherhood exercise, organised with due account of Russian service personnel’s combat experience in Syria. The exercise highlighted the impressive combat training levels, professionalism and cohesion of our service personnel and their ability to quickly accomplish counter-terrorism tasks and to protect the civilian population. It was precisely these purposeful joint combat training activities of CSTO countries’ forces that made it possible to promptly deploy peacekeepers to Kazakhstan and to ensure their most effective performance.
The CSTO contingent included the best-trained units of the Russian Airborne Forces, and all of them boast real combat experience. Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov, Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, oversees the operations of the Collective Forces in Kazakhstan, and he knows what he is doing.
The peacekeeping contingent immediately took over key infrastructure facilities, and is ensuring that the Kazakhstani authorities alone have control over them. In turn, Kazakhstani law enforcement and security agencies directly conduct counter-terrorism and combat operations, they protect civilians and exercise policing functions whenever necessary. In effect, our service personnel have replaced them at local infrastructure facilities, allowing the President of Kazakhstan to make effective use of national forces and resources in order to reestablish law and order in the country.
As the speakers have already noted, the situation is being gradually normalised as a result of the measures implemented by the leaders of Kazakhstan with our support. Kazakhstan’s service personnel and law enforcement agencies have completely expelled terrorists and bandits from a number of vital installations, including the Almaty International Airport. I am confident that our joint efforts will make it possible to fully reestablish control over the situation nationwide and to stabilise it, and that peace and tranquility will, at last, be reinstated in Kazakhstan.
Of course, we understand that the events in Kazakhstan are not the first and certainly not the last attempt to interfere in the domestic affairs of our states from outside. I agree with the President of Belarus on this. The measures taken by the CSTO clearly show that we will not allow anyone to stir up trouble at home and will not permit the realisation of another so-called colour revolution scenario.
Everybody knows that by means of the internet and social media, attempts are still being made to involve our citizens in protests that will then be followed by terrorist attacks, as was clearly and precisely described by the President of Kazakhstan when he recalled the timeline of the events. This timeline is clear; we have all witnessed these developments. Moreover, the latest developments in Kazakhstan confirm that certain forces are not above using the online space and social media to recruit extremists and terrorists and to create sleeper cells of militants.
Therefore, it appears reasonable to instruct the CSTO Committee of Security Council Secretaries to present proposals – as part of the activities of their working groups on information security, countering terrorism and extremism – on the collective prevention of such attempts at destructive external interference in the CSTO’s area of responsibility.
Most importantly, we must make sure that events similar to the tragedy happening in the brotherly country of Kazakhstan will not catch us by surprise again and that we are fully mobilised and ready to push back against any new provocation.
I would like to note the bravery with which the President of Kazakhstan faced these events and took charge of the counteraction, consolidated society, the security forces and citizens of his country in order to confront the external terrorists.
I am certain that the leaders of Kazakhstan will do their best to restore normal operation of the country’s law enforcement agencies and the economy. I do not doubt that for a moment.
Finally, I would like to confirm that Russia intends to further prioritise strengthening the strategic alliance with all the CSTO member states. I am confident, of course, that the leaders and people of Kazakhstan (I want to stress this once again) will be able to handle this situation and respond to these serious challenges with honour.
And there you have it people. Putin finally calls it what it is. A colour revolution.
PS it failed spectacularly. The Americans had better find a different card. Colour and spring revolutions don’t cut it anymore.
Narshykin and Patrushev were very much on top of this. I doubt the Russians were caught off guard. They have must have future proofed themselves from this since Maidan and the Arab spring.
Will be interesting to hear the outcome of the Geneva talks. I find Ryabkov’s comments after the Geneva preliminary talks very ominous too. Very rarely do diplomats use words like stunning to describe talks.
Stoltenberg has also been barking like a rabid dog the past few hours..
“Stoltenberg has also been barking like a rabid dog the past few hours..”
Seems like Blinken has gone incoherent too !!
A short segment of Putin speaking on You Tube. (English tranlation)
“Putin: Maidan ‘technologies’ used in Kazakhstan” [14,625 viewsJan 10, 2022]
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Whomever coordinated this latest attempted coup d’etat deserves our united thanks as it has had the polar opposite effect of fracturing CSTO alliances, indeed this Organisation has visibly grown in stature in a single week. In fact, it’s like all those resources invested over a longish period to undermine Russia, have served to consolidate Russia’s strength/position in the region.
If the US Government/NATO were an accountable Going Concern, and not a Corporate plaything, they’d be out of business/bankrupt the day after this geopolitical disaster. In the real world heads would roll, however, this is the unaccountable western theatre that we’re living in, no , rather meaninglessly exist within, where bad decisions and failure are rewarded.
The US Government and their b*stard off-spring NATO are being deservedly seen/viewed as a laughing stock. I for one, if a delegate of NATO, would be coyly sitting slumped in my chair today, unable to look across the table at the folks who’ve just served my ass to me on a plate.
> Whomever coordinated this latest attempted coup d’etat deserves our united thanks as it has had the polar opposite effect of fracturing CSTO alliances, indeed this Organisation has visibly grown in stature in a single week.
Yep. Agree. About to post something similar.
+1 and ^ upvote ^
The Federal Reserve, always wrong, but never in doubt.
China .. we cannot forget China although China is working mostly on the political and diplomatic and economic sides.
Hua Chunying 华春莹
China government official
#China welcomes President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
I also think that this op-ed by Fowdy in RT this morning touches on some things that I see coming. China cannot stay out of everything forever.
I would look to China to provide the economic security and ensure that the population have sufficient income to make it undesirable to switch to the USA. That does not preclude outside groups like the World Uighur Conference or others injecting trouble but makes it more difficult to get local converts.
I could also foresee frequent joint anti-terrorist operations near the Xinjiang border with Russian, Kazakh and Chinese operatives.
Otherwise, training and equipment as the article predicts and diplomatic cover.
With this new, Russian brokered security arrangement, if statehood and stability can be guaranteed then money will begin to flow… at first like a trickle, then a stream, then a tide, an ocean of prosperity will surge forth and sweep away westernized imperialism. Nobody gives a damn about petty differences when Chinese money flows in. Russian guns, Chinese trade, Kazakhs profit, everybody wins. Pretty soon the 404 country as well as the Baltic Heracles’ will be left alone screaming about democracy as the Stans and the rest of Europe will follow the money. If the “sanctions from hell” touch any countries of the CSTO, Russia and China will only consolidate this alliance of survival even further with more domestic import substitution and bilateral trade agreements. Putin can and will easily point at the EU elite prostitutes as a good example for Lukashenko or any other -stan–strongman willing to sell Slavic blood for Uncle Shmuel. The further Uncle Shmuel presses the Germans, for example, the less credibility Uncle Shmuel will have amongst any of the former Soviet states. There is no “bailout” package that the US will offer EU. If they won’t even save their fellow “Europeans,” what chance do the Stans think they will have by the US by their side? None at all!
No amount of paid, desperate non-state actors can stop this.
What an impressive thing to televise a meeting like this to the whole world….the openness invites admiration and reflection. For politics and/or diplomacy, it must be like what sports figures such as Maradona and Pele did on an inspired day. (I think Hugo Chavez was the first to show meetings publicly, also to speak through twitter.) If one side speaks often “anonymously” as an official way of communicating (is it only lately that it is being officialized as normal?), and the other publicly like this…it’s a stiff versus a higher talent (and it’s hard to tell how far this talent can benefit as it does).
Televising the meeting to the world was a brilliant idea.
Alexander Mercouris is reporting that US Dept of Treasury and other experts have advised the US that any more sanctions against Russia, which comprises the USs only percieved deterrant will backfire on our economy, drastically. Blinkin is in effct bringing a knife to a gunfight. IMO in the big chessgame, Khazakstan was a failed defence against Russia Check. Now, its Mate and the Americans seem to be signaling their intention to smash the chessboard and run away. Perhaps the powers that be will now let the adults take charge.
Une analyse militaire des attaques contre le Kazakhstan.
This article is not available in English for now.
Its author thinks that Kazakhstan leaders were taken by surprise. A lot of details on how the whole operation occurred, its planning until January 2. Also, some info about the tactics used by the Russian military to infiltrate and defeat the terrorist network. Good Reading.
I like it that they put out the whole discussion to the public. For those interested they can inform themselves directly instead of through media filters. It also makes a stark contrast to the democracy gab fest hosted by Biden recently.
My impression is that although this is a formal meeting you can see that there is an easy collegiality of people familiar with each other and have worked together.
I call this the “coming of age” of the CSTO. Questions will start to be asked. If it took CSTO a few days to sort out the terrorists, why does it take the US/NATO years to do the same job. OK, we know why, but the question still needs to be put out there.
The Empire is reeling from the shock. Let’s see how long it takes it to recover.
At the 41:42 mark of the video, the President of Kazakhstan said,” … this was a terrorist war unleashed against our states using various methods . . . “
These terrorist acts should be investigated by INTERPOL since that is one of their criminal investigative functions.
On a related topic, I realize that President Klaus Iohannis of Romania is fully captured inside the U.S.-NATO web. However it seems to me the failed gambit in Kazakhstan planned by the U.S. sponsored provocateur should be a glaring example of what will happen to Romania if Iohannis doesn’t reconsider the danger of NATO’s offense missiles inside his country.
A dialogue needs to be urgently scheduled between the Romanian and Russian foreign ministries outside of NATO influence so there is no mistake of the events that will follow in order to protect the Russian people.
This is an important topic you have raised and for sure they are many others. However, you have looked at one side of the Romanian issue. The fact that Romania have NATO Nukes on its territory which target is Russia and put itself to be a Russian target itself. Dialogue between Russia and Romania cannot remove Romania from being a Russian target. Plus, if Russia goes on the Offensive the Romanian Nuke sites will be the First to be taken out.
Therefore, it is for Romania own self preservation to deactivate and remove those Nukes asap.
Meaning, Klaus Iohannis should get on his bike and remove those Nukes and perhaps exit NATO to be on the safe side of history as Russia’s Putin means business even if war which he will try to avoid.
Kazakhstan has proven beyond doubt it is incapable to handle CSTO and Russia. Plus, you have the added SCO among other Asian Military Institutions.
Others, NATO European American vassals should take note as it is now clear NATO is unable and cannot, cannot when Putin turn up the Pain Dial.
For sure after the Kazakhstan debacle the Media should pay more serious attention to the potential of the Russian Bear on the other side of the Chinese Dragon who are dining for the same plate.
How would President Hindu-Jamaican Slut Whore Kamala Harris have handled Kazakhstan and Putin?
Would President Kamala Harris have farted in the general direction of Kazakhstan and Putin?
And what is your contribution to intelligent debate, besides the vulgarity?
Wonder how the moderator allows this vitriol in.
RT: Agreement can be reached with Russia’ – NATO
But we all know, If that is accepted, It will be a total loss for Russia.
“The CSTO contingent included the best-trained units of the Russian Airborne Forces, and all of them boast real combat experience. Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov, Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, oversees the operations of the Collective Forces in Kazakhstan, and he knows what he is doing.”
And President Putin knows what he is doing.
He has built a toolkit for Russia to protect itself and its neighbors, and its assets anywhere on the globe.
Russian Intel is as superb as Russian hypersonic missiles and missile defense systems.
CSTO was ready to be led into action.
SVR, FSB and GRU had the precise facts in anticipation of the events, during the riots and resistance, and deep into the web of intrigues in Central Asia all the way to Langley and Vauxhall Cross.
The West has shot its wad.
Russia now digs deeper and wider her red lines.
President Putin gave his instructions: “Most importantly, we must make sure . . . that we are fully mobilised and ready to push back against any new provocation.”
“Russia intends to further prioritise strengthening the strategic alliance with all the CSTO member states.”
The first Eurasian security force to confront the West has gone to combat.
SCO will soon be tested.
The fist is large and getting larger. Russian mail-wrapped, indeed, but an Eurasian fist for certain.
Deft leadership from VVP.
Please forgive me for being a bit confused about Blinken’s advice regarding about inviting people into one’s house. Was he speaking from experience? Does he not appraise a person’s character before inviting the person into his house? I mean, if this is what he does then he is not qualified to give others advice.
If he is not speaking from experience then he is a liar.
“What an impressive thing to televise a meeting like this to the whole world….the openness invites admiration and reflection…”
“…I like it that they put out the whole discussion to the public…”
The main reason is not to beam the meeting to the whole world, or to the public at large, it is aimed at Geneva. The West was dreaming about taking advantage of the chaos in Kazakhstan to use it as a hidden card in the negotiations. CSTO got up early today to give the West a collective middle finger, among other messages.
On another note, according to avia-pro.net, Russian FSB planes visited Cuba and Venezuela two days ago, and “…it became known that Russia could conduct active negotiations on the deployment of missile weapons in Cuba and Venezuela…”
As Saker counsels, we continue to pray for a Miracle, capital M.
Pure poetry from VVP.
Ryabkov has been handed 5 aces for his game in Geneva.
I note Kazakhstan is a member of the OSCE.
It had failed over years to resolve Armenian and Azerbaijan differences. Even today Azer.peoples attacked Armenians but Russian peacekeepers intervened. Seems to be very little interest by OSCE in these matters.
We know how OSCE has failed Donbass and ow Lavrov has had meetings last year with the then Swedish chairperson but nothing much seemed to change. OSCE is to meet this week over the Russian proposed agreements for its security.
So…..CSTO is now the lead preference? How much relevance does OCSE have?
Putin: And I agree with Mr Lukashenko that…
Putin: all of us know that President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev…
Is this just a glitch in the translation or is Putin here unduly informal (or disrespectful) by reducing the President of Belarus to a mere “mister”? I know, them two never really hit it off, but this goes a bit far, especially in an international setting with other participants present.
Au contraire: His Excellency Mr Putin went out of his way to say he agreed with Mr Lukashenko. He could have said he was a double-dealing POS. But he wanted to be polite.
sadly…maybe very deliberately…Turkish B2 drone
Azerbaijan has committed a threat to the national security and sovereignty of Armenia. Today,the Azerbaijani Forces used artillery and drones (2 and 6 wounded servicemen of the RA Armed Forces were killed), thereby, committed another act of aggression against a member of the CSTO”” says spriter on twitter.