BISHKEK, Jan 7 & nbsp; & mdash; RIA News. Kazakhstan has closed five of the & nbsp; seven checkpoints on the & nbsp; border with & nbsp; Kyrgyzstan, RIA Novosti reported in the & nbsp; press center of the Kyrgyz border service.
“ From & nbsp; 7 & nbsp; January 2022, in & nbsp; unilaterally, the Kazakh side in & nbsp; communication with & nbsp; malfunction of the Unified Information System of Kazakhstan temporarily suspended the passage of persons, vehicles and & nbsp; cargo at & nbsp; checkpoints & ldquo; Kordai-highway & rdquo; (RK & nbsp; & mdash; Republic of Kazakhstan) & nbsp; & mdash; & ldquo; Ak-Zhol-road & rdquo; (KR & nbsp; & mdash; Kyrgyz Republic), & ldquo; Karasu-road & rdquo; (RK) & nbsp; & mdash; & ldquo; Ak-Tilek-road & rdquo; (KR) in & nbsp; Chui region and & nbsp; & ldquo; Kegen-road & rdquo; (RK) & nbsp; & mdash; & ldquo; Karkyra-road & rdquo; (KR) in & nbsp; Issyk-Kul region & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said a spokesman.
Earlier it was reported about the & nbsp; closure of two more checkpoints.
“ Thus, according to & nbsp; as of & nbsp; 14.00 (11.00 Moscow time) on January 7 & nbsp; in & nbsp; normal mode with & nbsp; taking into account the existing restrictions associated with & nbsp; COVID-19, the & nbsp; Kyrgyz-Kazakh section of the state border continues to operate Chalda & ldquo; & mdash; road & rdquo; in & nbsp; Chui region and & nbsp; & ldquo; Chon-Kapka & nbsp; & mdash; road & rdquo; in & nbsp; Talas region & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; clarified in the & nbsp; department.
As the representative of the border department added, transit passage of citizens of Kyrgyzstan and & nbsp; third countries through & nbsp; the territory of Kazakhstan to & nbsp; destination country is temporarily prohibited.
Mass protests in & nbsp; Kazakhstan began in the & nbsp; early days of 2022. Then residents of the cities of Zhanaozen and & nbsp; Aktau in the & nbsp; west of the country opposed a two-fold increase in prices for & nbsp; liquefied gas, then the protests spread to & nbsp; other cities. In & nbsp; Alma-Ata on January 4 and & nbsp; 5 & nbsp; there were clashes with & nbsp; security forces, the police used gas and & nbsp; stun grenades. Throughout Kazakhstan, the Internet was turned off, and the broadcasting of a number of TV channels was temporarily stopped. Until & nbsp; 19 & nbsp; January, & nbsp; the entire territory of Kazakhstan introduced a state of emergency.
On the morning of January 5 & nbsp; President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev dismissed the government and & nbsp; headed the Security Council of the republic, at the first meeting of which he named the situation in & nbsp; Kazakhstan “ undermining the integrity of the state '' and & nbsp; said that & nbsp; asked for help from the & nbsp; CSTO & nbsp; in & nbsp; overcoming the terrorist threat. The CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send collective peacekeeping forces to & nbsp; Kazakhstan in & nbsp; in connection with & nbsp; Tokayev's appeal. The forces will be directed for a & nbsp; limited period with the & nbsp; aim of stabilizing and & nbsp; normalizing the situation in the & nbsp; country.