Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Wednesday that battle-hardened terrorists from Iraq and Syria are “actively” coming into Afghanistan.
“The state of affairs in Afghanistan isn’t straightforward,” Putin mentioned throughout a video convention with safety service chiefs of ex-Soviet states.
“Militants from Iraq, Syria with expertise in navy operations are actively being drawn there,” he mentioned.
“It’s doable that terrorists could attempt to destabilise the state of affairs in neighbouring states,” he added, warning that they might even strive “direct growth”.
Putin has repeatedly warned about members of extremist teams exploiting political turmoil in Afghanistan to cross into neighbouring ex-Soviet nations as refugees.
Whereas Moscow has been cautiously optimistic concerning the new Taliban management in Kabul, the Kremlin is anxious about instability spilling over into Central Asia the place it homes navy bases.
Within the wake of the Taliban takeover, Russia held navy drills with ex-Soviet Tajikistan — the place it operates a navy base — and in Uzbekistan. Each nations share a border with Afghanistan.
Tajikistan’s nationwide safety chief, Saimumin Yatimov, for his half advised the video convention that he had registered an “intensification” of makes an attempt to “smuggle medicine, 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 fund the Taliban.
Earlier Wednesday French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Tajikistan’s chief Emomali Rakhmon in Paris, vowing to assist the Central Asian state preserve stability.
Whereas the Taliban has mentioned it doesn’t pose a menace to Central Asian nations, the ex-Soviet republics within the area have beforehand been focused by assaults attributed to allies of Afghan Islamists.
Final week the Kremlin’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, mentioned Russia will invite the Taliban to Moscow for worldwide talks on Afghanistan scheduled for October 20.
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