Tajikistan supports measures being taken by Kazakhstan - Emomali Rahmon

Tajikistan Materials 10 January 2022 12:23 (UTC +04:00)
Tajikistan supports measures being taken by Kazakhstan - Emomali Rahmon

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 11


Tajikistan supports the measures being taken by the leadership of Kazakhstan to normalize the situation and restore order in the country, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon said during an extraordinary meeting of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Trend reports.

Rahmon stood for strengthening the joint comprehensive work of the competent structures of the CSTO member-states to counter challenges and threats.

He also voiced a number of initiatives, in particular, on the need to develop a system for protecting the information space.

Kazakhstan's government announced late Jan. 4 that it was restoring some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in the price of the fuel at the start of the year.

Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is far cheaper than gasoline as a vehicle fuel in Kazakhstan because of price caps. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on Jan. 1.

After the price of the fuel spiked, big demonstrations erupted on Jan. 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a notice in advance.

Following the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency all over the country. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government initiated anti-terrorist operations to deal with the ongoing riots.

Also, the divisions of the united peacekeeping contingent of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) arrived in Kazakhstan to assist in restoring order and help protect strategic objects of the country.