Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (13) that jihadist fighters from Iraq and Syria are arriving in Afghanistan, which he fears will destabilize Moscow’s allies in central Asia.
“Several terrorist groups, including the Islamic State organization, are active in that country. And experienced fighters from Iraq and Syria are actively going there,” Putin said.
“It is possible that terrorists will try to destabilize neighboring countries (…) or even try to expand directly,” added the Russian president during a videoconference with the heads of the security services of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which brings together the nations of the former Union. Soviet.
“It is important to permanently monitor the borders”, he warned.
The statements reflect Russia’s concern about the uncertainty in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power after the withdrawal of US troops.
The radical Islamic movement seized the capital, Kabul, in August in a lightning offensive that toppled the Western-backed government.
At the conference with Putin, the head of national security in Tajikistan, Saimumin Yatimov, reported an “intensification” of trafficking in drugs, arms and ammunition along the border with Afghanistan.
Russia considers the Taliban movement to be a terrorist, but has maintained a dialogue with it for years.
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