Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Wednesday that hardened militants from Iraq and Syria are actively coming into Afghanistan.
“The state of affairs in Afghanistan will not be straightforward,” Putin stated throughout a video convention with the heads of the safety providers of the previous Soviet states.
“Terrorists from Iraq and Syria, who’ve expertise in army operations, are actively being dragged there,” he stated.
“It’s potential that terrorists will attempt to destabilize the state of affairs in neighboring states,” he added, warning that they may additionally search “direct enlargement”.
Putin has repeatedly used the political unrest in Afghanistan to warn members of extremist teams to enter neighboring former Soviet international locations as refugees.
Whereas Moscow has been cautiously optimistic in regards to the Taliban’s new management in Kabul, the Kremlin is worried about spreading instability in Central Asia, the place it has army bases.
Following the Taliban’s occupation, Russia held army workout routines with former Soviet Tajikistan જ્યાં the place it operates a army base અને and in Uzbekistan. Each international locations share a border with Afghanistan.
Tajikistan’s head of nationwide safety, Samimin Yatimov, stated in a video convention for his half that he had “intensified” makes an attempt to smuggle “medication, weapons, ammunition” from Afghanistan into his nation.
Afghanistan has lengthy been the world’s largest producer of opium and heroin, with earnings from the illicit commerce serving to the Taliban.
Earlier on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Tajik chief Emomali Rakhmon in Paris, promising to assist the Central Asian state preserve stability.
Whereas the Taliban has stated it’s not a menace to Central Asian international locations, former Soviet republics within the area have beforehand been focused by assaults attributed to allies of Afghan Islamists.
Final week, the Kremlin’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, stated Russia would name the Taliban to Moscow for worldwide talks on Afghanistan on October 20.
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