Russia To Supply Weapons To Afghanistan’s Neighbours – NDTV

Russia To Supply Weapons To Afghanistan's Neighbours

Russia said it has received orders for arms from Central Asian republics bordering Afghanistan

Moscow, Russia:

Russia said Thursday it has received new orders for arms and helicopters from Central Asian republics bordering Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

The orders come as countries in the ex-Soviet region, where Moscow holds military bases, have raised concerns over the terrorist group sweeping to power.

“We are already working on a number of orders from countries in the region for the supply of Russian helicopters, fire arms and modern border protection systems,” Alexander Mikheev, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, told the RIA Novosti news agency.

While Russia remains cautiously optimistic about the new leadership in Kabul, it has warned of militants entering neighbouring countries as refugees.

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan earlier this month held joint military exercises with Russia close to their borders with Afghanistan.

Drills involving members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), a military alliance led by Moscow, are also scheduled in Kyrgyzstan between September 7 and 9.

The maneuvers will focus on “the destruction of illegal armed groups that have invaded the territory of an CSTO member state”, according to the press-service of the alliance quoted by the Interfax news agency.

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