Moscow police conducted a check after anonymous reports of the laying of mines inside Tajik and Kyrgyz embassies in Moscow with the demand of the withdrawal of the troops of these countries from Kazakhstan, TASS and Moskva news agency report referring to their sources within the law enforcement agencies.  

“Yesterday afternoon, an anonymous message was received that powerful explosive devices were placed inside the embassies of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.   At the same time, unknown persons put forward demand for the withdrawal the troops of these countries from Kazakhstan,” a source within the law enforcement authorities was quoted as saying by TASS.  

No explosive devices or explosives were reportedly found during the inspection of the buildings of the diplomatic missions

TASS reminds that the unknown persons on January 7 sent letters of threat of explosions to e-mails of the embassies of Armenia and Belarus.  They reportedly also demanded the withdrawal of the troops of these countries from Kazakhstan.

Messages turned out to be false; no explosive devices or explosives were found during the inspection of the embassies, TASS said.  

Recall, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on January 5 appealed to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for assistance dealing with what he called a “terrorist threat” and the CSTO agreed to send peacekeepers the first time in the organization’s 30-year history.

The CSTO began deploying its peacekeepers in Kazakhstan on January 6 to guard strategic facilities in the country. 

Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty states that: “In the case of aggression (an armed attack threatening safety, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty) against any Member States, all other Member States at request of this Member State shall immediately provide the latter with the necessary aid, including military.” 

The main mission of the CSTO troops has been successfully completed, and the phased withdrawal of the CSTO joint peacekeeping contingent will begin in two days, Tokayev told the Kazakh parliament yesterday.

According to him, the withdrawal process will take not more than ten days.