Putin, Tokayev discuss steps to restore order

Russian President and his Kazakhstani counterpart held a lengthy phone conversation to discuss the situation in Kazakhstan following unprecedented unrest, the Kremlin said Saturday.

Iran PressEurope: It said that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev informed Russian President Vladimir Putin 'in detail' about the situation in the country, noting that it is developing towards stabilisation, the Kremlin said in a statement.

"The presidents exchanged views on the measures taken to restore order in Kazakhstan," the Kremlin said.

Tokayev also thanked the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) military alliance and especially Russia for its help in quelling the protests that broke out earlier this week.

Related news:

Russia to send troops to Kazakhstan amid unrest

The two leaders agreed to remain in constant contact and to hold a CSTO video conference meeting in the coming days, the Kremlin added.

Long seen as one of the most stable of the five ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia, Kazakhstan plunged into chaos this week, prompting Tokayev to call in troops from the Moscow-led alliance.

Demonstrations that began as a response to a fuel price hike have swelled into a broad movement against the government and former President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

He turned over the presidency to Tokayev three years ago, but his family is widely believed to have retained power in Nur-Sultan, the purpose-built capital that bears his name.


Read More:

Over 26 mass protests’ participants killed, 3,000 more arrested

Iran: Kazakhs can solve their problems without foreign interference

Kazakhstan: Worst unrest for more than a decade