On January 5, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov held telephone conversations with his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Russia and Armenia Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Vladimir Putin and Nikol Pashinyan. They discussed the protests in a number of cities of Kazakhstan, the press office of the President of Kyrgyzstan reported.
Japarov expressed his serious concern over civilian casualties in Kazakhstan and a large number of incidents of looting and riots. Particular attention was paid to the incidents of violence.
The President of Kyrgyzstan and his counterparts exchanged views on the approaches to ensuring security in Kazakhstan within the Collective Security Treaty Organization, in particular in accordance with the CSTO charter on response to this kind of situation.
As was reported, mass protests in Kazakhstan erupted in early January over a twofold increase in liquefied petroleum gas prices. The biggest protests took place in the largest city of the Central Asian country Almaty on January 4 and 5. A state of emergency is declared across the country.