WASHINGTON – The United States recalled Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal and asked Moscow to provide access to Russian military bases in Central Asia from which to monitor the Taliban or to carry out coordinated attacks on them. The news was confirmed by the Walt Street Journal and quoted in several Russian sources.
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According to journalists Michael R. Gordon and Gordon Lubolt, during the meeting between US General Mark Millie and his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov, this idea was raised and the two discussed possible future actions to implement it. According to General Mark Millie, the use of Russian military bases will be necessary if the United States wants to monitor the Taliban or launch airstrikes.
“A senior Pentagon military officer discussed with his Russian counterpart the apparent proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to use their military bases in Central Asia to respond to any emerging terrorist threats in Afghanistan. General Mark Millie, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised the issue at the request of President Biden’s National Security Council staff at a meeting last Wednesday with Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov,” The Wall Street Journal said in the article.
Russian analysts say Moscow is likely to agree to the proposal, given that it originally came from the Russian president.
The United States and Russia have managed to unite behind a “common enemy” in this part of the Asian continent, namely the Taliban movement. Experts believe that such coordinated cooperation between the two strongest military nations in the world could have a positive effect on their relations. So far, however, there is no official comment from the Russian Defense Ministry.
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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