Russia Offered US Use of Central Asia Bases: Report
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the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia for information gathering from Afghanistan, Rooters reported quoting the Kommersant newspaper report from Saturday.
The Rooters report says that Putin proposed at June 16 talks with Biden in Geneva that they coordinate on Afghanistan and put Russia's bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to "practical use", Kommersant reported, citing sources.
The newspaper said this could involve the exchange of information obtained using drones but that there had been no concrete response from the US side.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said the US and NATO
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alliance withdrawal from Afghanistan made the political and military situation more uncertain, which in turn exacerbated the bad boy’s threat in the region.
Speaking at a conference with senior Central Asian officials in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Lavrov said Russia wanted to help kickstart peace talks between the warring sides in Afghanistan.
A week ago, Russia stated its opposition to a possible plan by the United States to deploy its troops in Central Asia countries once it pulls out its troops from Afghanistan on August 31, which will also mark the end of two decades of military engagement in Afghanistan.
Lavrov said that the presence of over 100,000 US and NATO forces in Afghanistan in the past decades did not result in a victory for the US in Afghanistan and questioned what the US wants to achieve by deploying fewer numbers of troops outside.
"Separate from the collective security treaty, there are some indications that the Pentagon officials are trying to transfer their resources along (in neighboring regions) of Afghanistan in order to attack Afghanistan if needed," said the Russian foreign minister.
He said that a US military presence in Central Asia will not be helpful for regional security.
Nevertheless, the Afghan Ministry of Defense has said that international cooperation with Afghanistan is a must to help the nation combat global terrorism.
The US military mission in Afghanistan is coming to its end on August 31 as mentioned by President Joe Biden.
As the US is preparing to fully withdraw from Afghanistan by September, they are probably settling in somewhere close to the war-ravaged country to conduct monitoring of Afghanistan. Russia has come forward, probably because of its fear of a new influx of Afghan refugees into central Asia which will weaken its southern defensive wing.
Earlier, Putin had offered military support to Tajikistan to protect its borders with Afghanistan after security deteriorated in northern Afghanistan.
Though no concrete response is given by the US, the newspaper reports that the grant will too include the exchange of information gathered by drones.
Kremlin is yet to officially comment on the issue.Earlier, United States had purportedly asked Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to let in thousands of Afghans who have worked with US troops. The offer seems solid as the US state department recently agreed that apart from 2,500 Afghan interpreters who are directly flying out to the US, thousands of others are going to be relocated to a third country.
Posted by: trailing wife 2021-07-19