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Putin: Risk of Afghan militants infiltration to CSTO concerning


Kabul: At a meeting of the CSTO, Collective Security Treaty Organization in Yerevan on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the situation in Afghanistan remains highly concerning and that the threat of a potential infiltration of militants into the CSTO territory is high.

“I share the concern of colleagues who have spoken out about the situation in Afghanistan. It remains, of course, difficult. The threat of infiltration of militants of various international terrorist organizations into the territory of the CSTO countries is still high, and the spread of extremist ideology among the population of Central Asian countries increases the risk of activation of the radical structures in the region,” Putin said at the CSTO summit in Yerevan.

The Russian leader further added that Russia will contribute to stabilization efforts in Afghanistan.

“We will promote stabilization in Afghanistan within the framework of other multilateral mechanisms,” he said, adding that a week ago, a meeting of the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan had been held in Moscow with the participation of China, Pakistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. 

Of course, these talks were in no way intended to initiate an unwarranted intervention in Afghanistan.

They are particularly aimed to assist Afghanistan in finding solutions to enhance the country’s national security, especially in the country’s fight against terrorism and measures to form an inclusive government.

On September 5, ISIS claimed responsibility for a fatal terrorist attack that took place near the Russian embassy in Kabul on Monday, Reuters reported. The attack killed six, including two embassy staffers.

The presence of IS-K in the country is minimal, and the movement has been working to eliminate the group, according to the Taliban.

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