CSTO to defend Tajikistan in case of taliban aggression

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MOSCOW, ($1=72.92 Russian Rubles) – The power structures of Tajikistan keep the situation on the border with Afghanistan under control, but the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CSTO] will help in case of aggravation of the situation, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, quoted by Interfax.

“Today the situation there is unfavorable, but Tajik border guards and law enforcement agencies fully control the country’s borders,” Zas said about the situation on the Tajik-Afghan border after a meeting in Dushanbe of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Defense Ministry, and Secretaries of the CSTO Security Councils.

“Therefore, all CSTO member states are unanimous and once again reaffirmed a common position: in the event of an aggravation of the situation on the southern borders of the CSTO, Tajikistan will be provided with all the necessary military and military-technical assistance,” Zas said, quoted by the CSTO press service

Zas noted that on September 16, at a meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council, proposals on preventing possible threats from Afghanistan will be considered in detail.

On September 9 in Minsk, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that within the framework of the meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Dushanbe on September 16, an agreement would be signed on equipping the CSTO collective forces with modern weapons and equipment.

The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, which chairs the organization in 2021. The CSTO has a collective rapid reaction force.

On September 11, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the transfer to the armed forces of Tajikistan of a batch of 12 modernized armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicles BRDM-2M, small arms, melee weapons, and property of radiation, chemical, and biological protection.

The Russian military said that the weapons were delivered by the agreements between the presidents of the Russian Federation and Tajikistan.

“Against the background of growing instability near the southern border of Tajikistan, we are jointly ensuring the security of our states. This is a reliable and proven technique that will increase the combat potential of the armed forces of the Republic of Tajikistan and will become another weighty argument in ensuring the country’s defense,” the deputy commander of the troops said on September 11 [Central Military District] Yevgeny Tsindyaykin at the arms transfer ceremony in Dushanbe.

Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia is helping to modernize the armies of Central Asian countries, they should be able to respond to new threats.

The 201st military base operates in Tajikistan – the largest military facility of Russia outside its borders (it is part of the Central Military District). Located in two cities – Dushanbe and Bokhtar. It includes tanks, artillery, reconnaissance units, air defense units, RCB protection, and communications.

This summer and September, the Russian military announced the strengthening of the base in Tajikistan with new weapons and military equipment. The strengthening of the Russian military base is taking place against the background of the aggravation of the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban movement has come to power.

Russia held two exercises at the Afghan border in August, one jointly with Uzbekistan and the other jointly with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Several thousand servicemen, aviation, artillery, and armored vehicles took part in the maneuvers.

The CSTO will hold maneuvers this fall in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with the participation of several thousand servicemen, the organization’s press secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov told Interfax on August 27.

On September 7-9, Kyrgyzstan hosted the Rubezh-2021 CSTO exercise, in which more than 1,000 military men from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan were involved. Russia sent about 500 servicemen and more than 120 pieces of weapons and military equipment to these maneuvers.

Zainetdinov reported that in October in Tajikistan, near the border with Afghanistan, an exercise with intelligence forces of the armed forces of the CSTO states “Poisk-2021”, logistical support units “Echelon-2021” and the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces – “Interaction-2021” will take place.

A special tactical exercise “Cobalt-2021” with special forces units of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO is planned in Tajikistan in November. Within the framework of this exercise, tasks will be worked out to suppress the activities of illegal armed groups.

The situation in Afghanistan

After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.

His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.

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