In Almaty, the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas spoke at the ceremony of completion of a peacekeeping operation on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan13.01.2022
On January 13, this year, in Almaty, a ceremony was held to complete a CSTO peacekeeping operation on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Contingents of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces marched in celebration. Stanislav ZAS, the Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretary General, addressed the operation participants.
"Dear Comrades, combat friends! Peacekeepers!
The CSTO peacekeeping operation, conducted on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the request of the country's leadership, is gradually coming to the end.
The Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, created by a unanimous decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council, have honorably accomplished the tasks assigned to them.
In these days you had a simple and important goal: to assist the brotherly country in ensuring security, stability, protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
And you have fulfilled this mission with honor!!!
The peacekeeping operation in the Republic of Kazakhstan was the first real application of the CSTO Collective Forces, where your professionalism and concerted actions clearly demonstrated that our nations were ready in any circumstances, shoulder to shoulder, in a single combat formation, to protect the common security space. You have demonstrated that the CSTO defense potential was highly effective and really working.
Today, thanks to the collective coordinated actions of CSTO peacekeepers, the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the situation in the country has stabilized.
During the operation, we have gained invaluable experience in close cooperation between the peacekeeping contingents of the Organization's member States in countering terrorism and destructive forces within the state.
In assessing the activities of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces, we cannot fail to note the clear and well-coordinated actions of the military transport aviation of the Russian Federation's Aerospace Forces. Russian Air Force aircraft flew more than 2,000 peacekeepers and about 250 pieces of equipment almost non-stop to the area of operation. More than 108 flights were carried out.
For the Republic of Kazakhstan, it was fundamentally important not only militarily but also, first and foremost, morally, to support its CSTO allies, which was promptly provided. Within hours after the decision of the Collective Security Council to provide assistance, the first planes with contingents of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces had already departed for the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Contrary to the negative assessments of CSTO activities imposed by some of our enemies, our Organization has shown its relevance and effectiveness, its ability to act quickly, decisively and effectively, without delay.
Each of our allies has contributed to the fulfillment of our tasks as part of the CSTO military grouping, which includes and successfully operates professionally trained peacekeeping contingents of all member States without exception. Your skills have been honed over the years in joint trainings of the CSTO Collective Forces, which have taken into account the experience of our peacekeepers gained during peacekeeping operations in different regions of the world. And the results are evident.
In accordance with the will of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the peacekeepers will be withdrawn to their permanent bases as planned.
At an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council held on January 10, this year, the heads of CSTO member States noted that these events became a turning point in the development of our Organization, which had acquired new qualities as a strong international institution. The CSTO is a really working mechanism for ensuring the stability and security of our States.
In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you, who have honorably fulfilled your service and human duty, the duty of a peacekeeper! Those who have distinguished themselves in particular will be rewarded by the CSTO Collective Security Council and the defense ministries of the Organization's member States.
I wish you success in your military service and safe return home”.
The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov