CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas gave an exclusive interview to Sputnik where he clarified his bloc’s peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan. According to the official, it was agreed to in order to safeguard that allied country’s security, stability, territorial integrity, and sovereignty. The number of troops that’ll be dispatched is about 2,500. They’re authorized to use deadly force if needed while carrying out their tasks to guard strategic facilities (including government buildings) and provide assistance in maintaining public order.
The CSTO’s peacekeepers will not, however, disperse any protests unlike what some fake news reports have claimed. The deployment is expected to be short and will end once the host country’s authorities consider the situation to have sustainably stabilized. The Secretary General also said that the situation is already improving, which he believes is partly due to his bloc’s decisive intervention. That was the gist of what he revealed during the interview, which helps observers better understand the various aspects of the CSTO’s Kazakhstani peacekeeping mission.
It can be concluded from this that the bloc is behaving exactly as it was intended to upon its inception. This is its first intervention, but its members have been regularly training for decades so they’re finally able to put their skills to use during an actual crisis. It’s important that the CSTO won’t disperse any protests because those optics could fuel the US-led Western Mainstream Media’s fake news narrative that this is a Russian-led “occupation” against “peaceful pro-democracy protesters”. Guarding strategic facilities and assisting the authorities in other ways is much more pragmatic in all respects.
The CSTO’s Kazakhstani peacekeeping mission starkly contrasts with NATO’s. The latter US-led bloc’s operations include its occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Serbian Autonomous Province of Kosovo & Metohija. Unlike the Russian-led operation in Kazakhstan, the American ones took place in countries that Washington destroyed and subsequently occupied after installing puppet regimes there. This is the opposite of what Russia is doing. Russia didn’t attack Kazakhstan, isn’t occupying it, was invited by its legitimate government, and is carrying out “regime reinforcement” instead of regime change.
With this in mind, one can say that Russia is practicing a policy of “democratic security”, which refers to counter-Hybrid War tactics and strategies aimed at reinforcing national models of democracy. In this case, Russia’s “democratic security” policy is being put to use in Kazakhstan at the request of that country’s internationally recognized leadership and in partnership with their fellow CSTO allies. It’s being carried out kinetically through the bloc’s peacekeeper deployment but other aspects of this concept concern economic, informational, political, and other security dimensions.
The US, however, pursues a very violent policy of so-called “democracy promotion”, which never actually ends up promoting genuine democracy but rather weaponizes this nebulous concept as an instrument of mass destruction to advance its geostrategic agenda. A quick glance at Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Serbian Autonomous Province of Kosovo & Metohija unquestionably confirms this. Objective observers can therefore see that Russia’s policy of “democratic security” is much more genuinely democratic, peaceful, and successful than the US’ militant export of weaponized “democracy”.
By Andrew Korybko Via http://oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=2386