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Russia-led troops to start leaving Kazakhstan

Baku, January 12, AZERTAC

A Russia-led military bloc will begin withdrawing its troops from Kazakhstan in two days’ time after fulfilling its main mission of stabilising the Central Asian country after serious unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Tuesday (11 January), according to EURACTIV.com.

Tokayev told parliament he was appointing a long-serving career public servant Alikhan Smailov as prime minister and spoke of initiatives to narrow the wealth gap, raise taxes on the mining sector, and eliminate irregularities in state procurement.

“The main mission of the CSTO peacekeeping forces has been successfully completed,” Tokayev told parliament in a video conference call.

“In two days’ time a phased withdrawal of the CSTO united peacekeeping contingent will begin. The withdrawal process of the contingent will take no more than 10 days.”

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