Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Wednesday that battle-hardened terrorists from Iraq and Syria are “actively” getting into Afghanistan.
“The situation in Afghanistan is not easy,” Putin mentioned throughout a video convention with safety service chiefs of ex-Soviet states.
“Militants from Iraq, Syria with experience in military operations are actively being drawn there,” he mentioned.
“It is possible that terrorists may try to destabilise the situation in neighbouring states,” he added, warning that they might even attempt “direct expansion”.
Putin has repeatedly warned about members of extremist teams exploiting political turmoil in Afghanistan to cross into neighbouring ex-Soviet international locations as refugees.
While Moscow has been cautiously optimistic in regards to the new Taliban management in Kabul, the Kremlin is worried about instability spilling over into Central Asia the place it homes army bases.
In the wake of the Taliban takeover, Russia held army drills with ex-Soviet Tajikistan — the place it operates a army base — and in Uzbekistan. Both international locations share a border with Afghanistan.
Tajikistan’s nationwide safety chief, Saimumin Yatimov, for his half instructed the video convention that he had registered an “intensification” of makes an attempt to “smuggle drugs, 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.
While the Taliban has mentioned it doesn’t pose a menace to Central Asian international locations, the ex-Soviet republics within the area have beforehand been focused by assaults attributed to allies of Afghan Islamists.
Last 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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