KABUL: Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced backlash of the Taliban for his concerns over insecurity at Afghanistan’s borders with Central Asian countries, with the Taliban saying that there is no threat from Afghanistan‘s borders to regional countries.
Putin said on Monday that the security situation at the Afghanistan–Tajikistan border is a concern. The Russian President in a visit to Tajikistan met with Tajikistan‘s President Imam Ali Rahman and said that Russia is seeking to mitigate security threats by strengthening its military base in Tajikistan with weapons and other equipment.
The Russian officials repeatedly expressed concerns over possible security threats from across the border with Afghanistan, but the Islamic Emirate pledged that Afghanistan‘s soil will never be used to threaten a country.
Moreover, Putin mentioned his country’s military equipment given to Tajikistan‘s military forces to get stronger and address potential threats from other countries.
His concerns are not new. Earlier, he had expressed some concerns and had discussed the issue with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan’s heads of state.
Russia has also conducted military drills with Tajikistan‘s forces on the border with Afghanistan and Putin described his country’s military base in Tajikistan as a significant element of regional security.