Kazakh President Kasyym-Jomart Tokayev addressed a session of the Kazakh parliament

"The main mission of the CSTO peacekeeping forces has been successfully completed. After two days, the gradual removal will begin. The withdrawal process will not take more than 10 days”- he said.

The head of state noted that the law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan did not deal with the threat of terrorism in an opportune manner.
“The solidarity of our society has been weakened resolutely, including through protests based on professionally designed scenarios. The real participants in the radical measures were secretly prepared” - the President noted.

"The National Security Committee, as the competent authority, could not and did not want to give a clear assessment of the sabotage. The Committee did not see a serious threat to the national security. The only way to stop the organizers of the attacks was to find an opportunity that could arise in any case” – stressed Kasyym-Jomart Tokayev.

“The war of terror against the country has begun. Professionals have been working to prepare for the seizure of power. It should be noted that at the time of the decision (to appeal to the CSTO for help), we could have completely lost control over Almaty, which was given to the terrorists to destroy. If we lost Almaty, we would have lost the capital and then the whole country” - he continued.

Moreover, the President noted in his speech the courage of the policemen who defended the Almaty Police Department building for two nights in a row from the bandits who were trying to seize it.

Earlier, President Kasyym-Jomart Tokayev mentioned this month that the country's crisis was the worst in 30 years of independence, and that all fighting was coordinated from a single center. The president said 16 law enforcement officers were killed and more than 1,300 were injured in the incidents. There are also casualties among the civilian population whose exact number is being determined. A total of 1,270 businesses across the country were affected. Over 100 shopping malls and banks were looted, police vehicles were damaged and about 500 vehicles were set on fire.