Kazakhstan Sends Russian Troops Home; Voice of the Martyrs Explains the Situation

Image courtesy of The Voice of the Martyrs USA.

Life edges closer to normal in Kazakhstan’s largest city, following the country’s worst unrest in 30 years. Speaking to Parliament yesterday, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Russian peacekeeping troops would begin their departure tomorrow.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin set no firm deadline for troop withdrawal, raising concern that the 2,000 Russian troops could stay in Kazakhstan indefinitely. Troops sent to the breakaway regions of Moldova and Abkhazia remain there three decades later.

“Russia wants to be a major player in that part of the world; they certainly want to exert influence over their neighbors. That is part of the reason they got involved, but also the president of Kazakhstan invited outside troops to come in,” Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray believers can share the hope and peace of Christ with their neighbors during these troubling times.
  • Pray Kazakh Christians will find ways to spread the Gospel despite increasing religious restrictions.
  • Pray for the growth of house churches in smaller cities and villages.