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Lukashenko holds phone talks with Putin, Tokayev

MINSK. Jan 5 (Interfax) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, whom the EU, the US does not recognize as legally elected, spoke by telephone to his Russian and Kazakhstani counterparts, his press service said on Wednesday.

"The president of Belarus held consultations over the situation in Kazakhstan, first with his Russian and then Kazakhstani colleagues," the service said.

Constant contact is maintained among the leaders of all Collective Security Treaty Organization countries, it said.

The situation in Kazakhstan aggravated on January 2 after rallies began Zhanaozen, a city in the Mangistau region in western Kazakhstan against a sharp rise in liquefied gas prices. The protests later escalated into mass protests with economic and political demands across the country. Clashes between protesters and the police occurred in Almaty on January 4 and 5. Some were injured.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree early on Wednesday morning, introducing a state of emergency and a curfew, from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., in Almaty and the Mangistau and Almaty regions until January 19.

The Kazakh government resigned in the early hours of Wednesday as well.

On Wednesday evening it emerged that a Belavia flight to Almaty had been cancelled.