The Russian 201st military base will provide military assistance to Tajikistan if the country’s security is threatened in connection with the events in neighboring Afghanistan. This was announced on July 28 by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu.
According to him, Moscow does not disregard the events and attempts to move the militants to Tajikistan. “That is why I can say unequivocally that in the event of a threat to our ally, a member of the Collective Security Treaty, of course, Russia will react and react primarily with the 201st base on the territory of Tajikistan,” he said.
As the head of the Ministry of Defense added, the 201st base is deployed in Tajikistan to maintain stability in this region of one of the members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
The Russian military records active movements of militants of the terrorist organization Islamic State, banned in Russia, to Afghanistan from various countries, including Syria and Libya, the minister added. According to him, there is “a rather serious organization of these movements.”
Earlier that day, Shoigu noted that the surge in terrorist activity in Afghanistan against the background of the hasty withdrawal of foreign troops from this country requires the adoption of appropriate measures. Russia is ready “to provide any required support to Tajik friends,” he added.
Also on July 28, it became known that Russian units in Tajikistan completed the regrouping of troops at the Harb-Maidon training ground, which is located near the border of Afghanistan. Joint exercises with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are to be held there.
The United States is currently withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, who have been in the country since 2001. The withdrawal of troops began in early May; it is planned to complete it by the end of August. Washington will leave about 1,000 troops in Kabul to guard diplomats and the airport.
On July 27, militants of the Taliban movement, banned in Russia, de-energized the Afghan capital, Kabul. It was clarified that the Taliban blew up a power line in the Kilagay district of Baghlan province.