Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, have discussed steps to “restore order” in Kazakhstan, following violent protests triggered by a sharp rise in fuel prices in the Central Asian country.
In a statement released on Saturday, the Kremlin said the two leaders held a “lengthy” phone conversation to discuss the ongoing unrest, adding that they “exchanged views on the measures taken to restore order in Kazakhstan.”
Tokayev informed Putin “in detail” about the situation in the country, “noting that it is developing towards stabilization,” the Kremlin said.
The two presidents agreed to remain in “constant” contact and to convene a video call of leaders from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the coming days, it said, adding that Tokayev also thanked the military alliance for its help in quelling the protests.
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