BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 7
By Sadraddin Aghjayev – Trend:
Azerbaijan continues road cargo shipments in the direction of Kazakhstan, the Land Transport Agency under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Digital Development and Transport told Trend on Jan. 7.
According to the agency, the Azerbaijani side also continues to receive cargo from Kazakhstan by land.
To date, the agency has informed the drivers about the situation in Kazakhstan and continues to monitor the events in this country.
Kazakhstan’s government announced late Jan. 4 that it was restoring some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in the price of the fuel at the start of the year.
Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is far cheaper than gasoline as a vehicle fuel in Kazakhstan because of price caps. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on Jan. 1.
After the price of the fuel spiked, big demonstrations erupted on Jan. 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a notice in advance.
Following the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency all over the country. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government initiated anti-terrorist operations to deal with the ongoing riots.
Also, the divisions of the united peacekeeping contingent of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) arrived in Kazakhstan to assist in restoring order and help protect strategic objects of the country.