Russia will send up to six thousands servicemen and more than a hundred tanks to establish military base in Tajikstan, reported Moscow Times. Russia is prepared to activate a military base in ex-Soviet Tajikistan against advancing Taliban forces on its southern border as U.S. troops finalize their pullout from neighboring Afghanistan, its top diplomat said Wednesday.
Tajikistan hosts about 7,000 troops from Russia’s 201st Motor Rifle Division that are stationed in three facilities.
Tajikistan, one of the poorest former Soviet countries, has close economic ties with Russia as hundreds of thousands of Tajiks work in Russia to support families at home.
Against the background of the threat of an attack by the Taliban on Tajikistan, and at the moment we can talk about tens of thousands of jihadists of the Taliban movement banned in Russia, information appeared that Russia intends to send the 201st military base stationed on the territory of Tajikistan to defend the Tajik border. of this state.
Tajikistan is a member of the CSTO, Russia is ready to provide Tajikistan with all the necessary assistance, including the provision of forces of the 201st military base. Russia will station more than a hundred tanks, dozens of armored vehicles and even air defense equipment, if the need arises.
“We’ll do everything, including using the capabilities of the Russian military base on the border of Tajikistan with Afghanistan, to prevent any aggressive encroachments against our allies,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Tajikistan is a member of a loose Moscow-led security alliance of several ex-Soviet states known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
Lavrov, who was speaking during his visit to Laos, said Russia’s obligations under the CSTO “remain fully in force.” He added that CSTO representatives had visited the Tajik-Afghan border to report the situation on the ground to the main office.
Earlier, Moscow announced that Russia is not interested in interfering in the situation in Afghanistan.
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