Russia and the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are drawing combat reserves near the Tajikistan-Afghan border, the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported. Even in October (18-23), great maneuvers are to take place in this place – he informed.
The states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (ODKB) demonstrate their readiness to defend the southern borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States. At the initiative of the Russian authorities, a meeting on the situation in Afghanistan is scheduled in Moscow on October 20. Apart from China, Pakistan, Iran and India Taliban were also invited to participate – reported “Niezawisimaja Gazeta”.
The daily reported that maneuvers with the participation of troops of the ODKB member states (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) will begin at the Afghan-Tajik border at that time. Several thousand soldiers and over half a thousand units of military equipment will take part in them.
Stormtroopers transferred from the Kyrgyz base
The Interfax agency announced that Russia has deployed four Su-25 attack aircraft stationed at an air base in Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan, which will participate in the maneuvers.
The announced exercises are related to the unstable situation in the region. After the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, Russia is concerned about the situation in its former republics. This is one of the reasons why the Taliban were invited to talks in Moscow. It is still unclear whether they will arrive – added the daily.
Niezawisimaja Gazieta, Interfax
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