Kyrgyzstan: The Army on the Streets Due to Turkey

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Zeenbekov declared a state of emergency the day before yesterday in Biskek and ordered the army to deploy to the streets of the capital as unrest prevails in that Central Asian country.

Sporadic gunfire was heard last Friday afternoon, not clear where they came from and whether there were any casualties. The state of emergency – including a curfew and strict security measures – will last until 8am on October 21.

by T.C.

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President Zeenbekov’s order did not specify how many soldiers would be deployed in total, the instructions given were to use military vehicles and set up checkpoints while preventing any emerging armed conflicts.

The President of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament has already resigned, and the President has said he intends to resign once a new Cabinet is appointed, while Russia is ready to intervene to guarantee stability in the new Prime Minister’s authority.

Kyrgyz people make up most of the country’s population, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russian. Russian is spoken by a significant part of the population and is an official language and is a result of the legacy of a century of Russianization.

Most of the population are Muslims. In addition to  Turkish origin, Kyrgyz culture has elements of Persian, Mongolian and Russian influence.

The political turmoil was gradually and methodically created by Turkey’s Secret Service to increase Russia’s insecurity and create a base of turmoil in its soft underbelly. 

This will result in the new government being forced to give freedoms to the population and to pass a new Constitution that will bring this country closer to the West. In such a case Russia will be forced to intervene given that through the previous government it controls the country’s security forces and armed forces.

In this way, Turkey will not seem to have created a problem for Russia’s security and will try to convince the West that only through Turkey will the West be able to gain a base and political foundation in that country, thereby increasing its geopolitical importance in the eyes of the West.

On the other hand, in the event of social unrest, Russia will be obliged to call Turkey as a guarantor peace force in that country by sharing Kyrgyzstan’s political and economic control among them.

Armed clashes by Turkish-speaking populations calling for freedoms and independence will provide the pretext that Turkey is asking for to send its Turkish military forces as a peacekeeping force to that country.

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