Will protect Tajikistan in the event of incursions from Afghanistan, says Russia


Russia has vowed to protect its ally Tajikistan in the event of incursions from Afghanistan, a top Russia diplomat said Friday.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko made the remarks after Russia media outlets reported that a Tajik militant group is preparing a cross-border attack on Tajikistan.

According to reports, the Tajik militant group is planning the attack after striking a deal with the Taliban group in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Rudenko said “All necessary assistance will be provided to Tajikistan if required, both within the (Moscow-led) Collective Security Treaty Organisation framework and bilaterally.”

Rudenko further added “There are indeed reports that the Taliban cannot control the situation (in northern Afghanistan)… Still, we hope they will honour the promises they have made (about not attacking neighbours).”

Both Tajikistan and Taliban beefed up military presence along the border following a heated exchange between which ensued between the leaders of the two countries late last month.

The Government of Tajikistan condemned the lack of diversity in the newly-formed interim government led by Taliban.

Later, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, warned that the developments in Afghanistan pose a serious threat to the regional security and stability.

In response, the Taliban group warned Dushanbe against interfering in its internal affairs, and deployed thousands of its special forces in Takhar province, bordering Tajikistan.



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