At a summit in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, the CSTO member states decided to strengthen the southern border of the Russia-led bloc with Afghanistan and to hold military exercises within a month
Leaders of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, have announced a plan to strengthen security cooperation in the region, including sending troops to the Tajik-Afghan border.
“The participants in the meeting agreed to fortify the southern borders of the CSTO and to continue to plan and implement a package of measures aimed at reducing and neutralizing the extent of potential threats in the organization’s space,” Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon said The current state of the country was announced by the rotating presidency of the CSTO after the meeting on Thursday, the Russian news agency TASS said.
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The meeting was attended by the heads of state and government of the member states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus and Tajikistan, along with the organization’s Secretary General, Stanislav Zas, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who tested positive for Covid due to close contact with several people join via video link. 19th
The Eurasian alliance of former Soviet states discussed the possible impact on the security of the bloc after the Taliban came to power, as well as the possibility of an influx of refugees from the country in the face of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
“The organization has drawn up practical collective measures to ensure the security of Tajikistan in the event that the border situation deteriorates,” Stanislav Zas said in a statement.
These measures, the statements say, include a series of military exercises that the CSTO collective forces will hold near the Tajik-Afghan border in a month’s time, as well as strengthening the military presence along Tajikistan’s 1,344-kilometer-long border with Afghanistan, the only one The block’s border shares with its beleaguered neighbor.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), whose founding members include former Soviet Central Asian states as well as Russia and China, met this week in Dushanbe for talks. India and Pakistan joined the SCO in 2017, while Iran’s application for membership was officially approved on Friday. Afghanistan has observer status with the SCO, but the new Taliban-led government has not been invited to observe the proceedings in Dushanbe.
The meetings around the Afghanistan crisis are taking place as both Moscow and Beijing want to assert themselves as key players in the region after the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
Since the Taliban launched an offensive that led to the fall of Kabul last month, Russia has carried out military exercises in the CSTO member states of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as joint exercises with Uzbekistan, which shares a 144-kilometer border with Afghanistan.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies