US Likely To Transfer Troops Withdrawn From Afghanistan to Neighboring Countries: Russian Intel Chief

Kabul: Sergei Naryshkin, the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), has stated that the US is likely to deploy its troops in neighboring countries of Afghanistan after the withdrawal. Naryshkin, however, hopes that its CSTO allies will not meet the Americans halfway.
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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier, citing sources, that the United States may deploy troops withdrawn from Afghanistan in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, adding that there are no agreements on this matter yet. Experts interviewed by Sputnik noted that Tashkent and Dushanbe are unlikely to agree to this in light of their close ties with Moscow.

“It is obvious that, when deciding to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the US government would not want to lose control over this territory and has intentions to place at least some of the resources that they have today in Afghanistan, in neighboring countries. We understand that such attempts are being made. We hope that not only partners, but also allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will not agree to this,” SVR director said.

In fact, following a session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member nations on Wednesday, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin said that the situation in Afghanistan directly affects the situation in the Central Asian.

The CSTO foreign ministers shared the view that it is necessary to strengthen the Tajik-Afghan stretch of the Organization’s southern border, Muhriddin said, adding that the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council approved a draft agreement on the jurisdiction and legal aid in cases relating to the temporary presence of collective security forces in the territories of the CSTO member states.

The next session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council is supposed to take place in Tajikistan in Q4 2021 prior to a session of the Collective Security Council.

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