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Russia strengthens military collaboration in 'unstable' Central Asia

Europe
18.08.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Moscow (dpa) - Russia is bolstering its military collaboration with allies in Central Asia, a region that "remains unstable" amid the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.

Russia conducted military drills last month with Tajikistan, which borders Afghanistan, to practice shooting Iskander missiles, Shoigu told high-ranking military officials, according to comments released by the Defence Ministry.

Russia plans further drills with Tajikistan this year, as well as with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, another ally that borders Afghanistan, Shoigu said.

Russia has repeatedly expressed concerns in recent years that the gradual withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has the potential to significantly destabilize the war-torn country.

 

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