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The head of the Russian military department held talks with his Tajik counterpart at the meeting of the defense ministers of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe.

During the working meeting, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and Colonel General Sherali Mirzo discussed, in particular, the situation in Afghanistan against the background of the hasty withdrawal of foreign troops from this country.

“Today, joint work to neutralize threats from the territory of neighboring Afghanistan comes to the fore. The hasty withdrawal of foreign troops from there provoked a rapid degradation of the situation, an increase and a surge in terrorist activity. This situation requires taking appropriate measures. Such work is already underway, ”said Sergei Shoigu.

The Russian Defense Minister noted that in the conditions of the hasty withdrawal of US troops and NATO countries in general from Afghanistan, many problems arise.

“Today, many different kinds of security risks are being created. Nevertheless, we must, both within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and within the SCO, not only discuss issues, but also take appropriate decisions and measures to ensure the security of the borders and territories of the countries of the Collective Security Treaty. I hope to discuss all these issues with you, ”the head of the Russian military department said, noting that a lot of work is underway to ensure the security of the Tajik-Afghan border.

According to Sergei Shoigu, in order to practice actions to repel terrorist threats in the Afghan direction, a number of joint exercises have been planned both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of the CSTO, and other measures are being taken.

“Today, at a meeting of the SCO member states’ defense ministers, we will discuss in detail the issues of regional security and possible measures to ensure it,” the Russian Defense Minister said.

Sergei Shoigu also noted that Moscow and Tajikistan have common tasks to ensure security and maintain stability in the Central Asian Region.

“Based on this, we are building cooperation between our defense departments,” added the Russian Defense Minister.

In addition, Sergei Shoigu added, additional gratuitous deliveries of Russian weapons and equipment were organized to equip the Tajik army.

“We continue training qualified Tajik military personnel. We prepare them both at our military universities and at the funds of the 201st Russian military base. We provide everything you need for combat training. We are paying increased attention to strengthening the combat potential of our base and clarifying plans for jointly repelling a possible penetration of militants, ”said the Russian Defense Minister.

Sergei Shoigu stressed that the Russian side is ready “to provide any required support to Tajik friends.”

According to the head of the Russian military department, the meeting with the Minister of Defense of Tajikistan provides an opportunity to discuss security issues in the Central Asian region.

“This is something that today worries not only us and affects not only our bilateral relations, but also the relations of all border states. We also have something to discuss in terms of military-technical cooperation. Thank you for the invitation, we accepted it with pleasure. We hope to see you at the events in Moscow, ”said the Russian Defense Minister, addressing his colleague.

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