(Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said that the threat to Kazakhstan was not posed by spontaneous protests against fuel prices, but by internal and foreign destructive forces.
In his speech at the online extraordinary summit of the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), the Russian president noted that those people who took to the streets to protest against the situation in the gas market were pursuing different goals than those who took up arms and attacked the Kazakh State.
Putin described the riots that took place in the past few days in that Central Asian country as serious and alarming, because they affect all nations of this military bloc (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan), since they are an unprecedented challenge for a State’s security, integrity and sovereignty.
He added that technologically supported information was used in Kazakhstan, similar to the one used in the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, the riots that brought about the overthrow of President-Elect Viktor Yanukovich in late November 2013. He stressed that as Kazakhstan’s President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev put it, it is obvious that groups of well-organized and led combatants, trained in terrorist camps abroad, were used in that nation.
During the video conference, the Kazakh president said that these events in his country were an attempted coup d’état.
He explained that, under the guise of spontaneous protests, a wave of mass riots broke out because religious radicals, criminal elements, notorious bandits, looters and petty hooligans emerged as if by a single command.