Putin and Pashinyan discuss the situation in Kazakhstan

Putin and Pashinyan discuss the situation in Kazakhstan

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"Pashinyan and Putin discussed the situation in Kazakhstan, as well as the implementation of joint steps within the CSTO", the press service of the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers said.

The day before the CSTO peacekeeping forces began arriving in Kazakhstan "to assist in establishing constitutional order". According to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, they arrived for a short period of time.

"The Armenian Armed Forces sent a peacekeeping unit of 100 peacekeepers to Kazakhstan as part of the CSTO peacekeeping forces. During the mission, the peacekeeping unit of the Armed Forces of Armenia will perform functions exclusively for protecting buildings and infrastructure of strategic importance", the country's Defense Ministry said.

Earlier, Russia sent airborne forces soldiers to Kazakhstan, they became a part of the collective forces of the CSTO. The Russian military constitutes the main contingent of peacekeepers in Kazakhstan.

Peacekeepers do not participate in organizing the maintenance of law and order in the republic. They are in charge of security.

This morning Tokayev thanked the CSTO heads of state for sending peacekeepers to Kazakhstan, and he expressed special gratitude to Putin for the prompt and "comradely warm" response to asking for help.