Afghanistan dangers turning into hotbed of terrorism & potential new risk to former Soviet Republics after US withdrawal, Putin warns

Terrorists from Iraq and Syria are more and more on the move to Afghanistan following the takeover of the nation by the Taliban, doubtlessly posing a risk to the entire of Central Asia, Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned.

On Wednesday, forward of a gathering of heads of states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), made up of former Soviet nations, Putin introduced that considerations across the rising presence of terrorists within the area might be mentioned. This, he mentioned, will consider the best way to keep away from destabilization in neighboring nations.

The summit, which is happening on Thursday, brings collectively leaders from 9 separate nations, together with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which border the troubled nation.

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“The situation in Afghanistan is not easy, you know that very well,” the Russian president informed a gathering of CIS safety company heads in advance of the primary session. “At the same time, a number of international terrorist groups from ISIS [a banned terrorist organization in Russia] continue to operate in the country. From Iraq, Syria, militants with experience in military operations are actively being drawn there.”

The head of state additionally expressed his considerations round what the inflow of terrorists may imply for nations that share a frontier with Afghanistan. “It is possible that terrorists may try to destabilize the situation in neighboring states, including the CIS countries, right up to directly trying to expand,” Putin added.

This isn’t the primary time that the president has argued that the Taliban taking up Afghanistan may pose a critical risk to nations surrounding the Central Asian nation, together with Russia itself. In August, Putin identified that the variety of refugees fleeing the Islamic militant group may create challenges for nations internationally. “Who are these refugees? How can we tell? There may be thousands, or even millions,” he mentioned. “The border is a thousand kilometers – they will get on everything, a car, even a donkey, and flee across the steppe.”

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Putin added that the exodus of Afghans “is a direct concern for our citizens… We do not want fighters disguised as refugees to turn up in our country.” Referring to the terrorist assaults pushed by separatism in majority-Muslim areas within the nation’s south, resembling Chechnya, 20 years in the past, the president mentioned that “we do not want to repeat what happened in the 90s and mid-2000s…we had these horrors that are now being repeated on the territory of Afghanistan.”

Russia is ready to host a gathering with representatives of the Taliban, in addition to diplomats from Beijing, subsequent week. Although the Islamist militant group is listed as a banned terrorist group in Russia, its political envoys have been allowed to fly in for talks in an effort to calm the fractious area.

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