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- Vyacheslav Volodin said that the CSTO PA will work to prevent orange revolution technologies and acts of external aggression from weakening the CSTO states
Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, expressed his condolences to the people of Kazakhstan in connection with the terrorist attacks.
“Many things will become clear in the near future, including where from and in whose interests the terrorists have appeared.
But it is quite obvious: for the CSTO, which unites six countries, the incident can be considered a new stage of development. The Organization has demonstrated that it can efficiently solve difficult tasks,” said the Chairman of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly.
“Armed individuals attacked people, stole and killed. Children died. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery and wish the people of Kazakhstan to return to normal life as soon as possible,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the CSTO PA and Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
He noted that the return to peace will not be easy. “Every day there is new information about how much damage the events caused Kazakhstan’s economy. Currently, it is estimated at US$2–3 billion. Some 1,300 businesses and organizations and more than 100 shopping malls and banks were affected.”
However, the CSTO PA Chairman is confident that having averted the terrorist threat, serious problems were avoided not only in friendly Kazakhstan, but also in other countries.
“The decision by the heads of the CSTO Member States to send peacekeeping forces to protect key infrastructure facilities in Kazakhstan freed up local law enforcement. They were able to deal directly with ensuring the safety of civilians. And when one hears speculation whether or not CSTO forces should have been deployed, I would like to emphasize that this decision was definitely necessary,” said Vyacheslav Volodin.
He also outlined the areas of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly’s work. “We still have work to do, in particular, on the harmonization of the Member States’ legislation. We need to draw conclusions from the tragedy that took place in Kazakhstan so that the orange revolution technologies and acts of external aggression would not weaken the CSTO states or lead to social and economic upheavals and loss of life,” said the Chairman of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly.