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Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria

CSTO peacekeeping troops, practicing in Belarus in 2016 in a scenario involving a UN-mandated peacekeeping mission. (photo: CSTO)

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have denied that they are in talks to send troops as part of a peacekeeping mission, contradicting statements from a day earlier by Russian and Turkish officials. But another Russian official confirmed that the talks were going on, and there seemed to be enough wiggle room in Astana and Bishkek to suggest that such a deployment is not out of the question.

"Kazakhstan is not negotiating with anyone about sending its service personnel to Syria," Kazakhstan's foreign minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told media in Astana on June 23, the day after a senior Russian official said that Kazakhstan was doing just that. 

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Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria

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