Emerging New Alliance by Russia and Central Asian Countries
According to a newly published report in Radio Free Europe news, the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) , led by Russian President Vladimir Putin, responded to growing instability in Afghanistan on Friday by agreeing to create a joint task force to defend their bloc’s external borders if a crisis arises.
The leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met on October 16 in the Kazakh village of Burabay, where they signed a statement on combating international terrorism and agreements on military and border-security cooperation through 2020.
At a press conference, Putin said closer military cooperation is necessary because the situation in Afghanistan — which borders Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — is “close to critical.”
“Terrorists of various stripes are gaining more and more influence and are not hiding their plans for further expansion,” he said. “One of their aims is to break through into the Central Asian region. It is important for us to be ready to react to such a scenario together.”
To read the report, click: Putin Says CIS States Could Create Border Force For Crises