MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin in June provided U.S. counterpart Joe Biden using Russian navy bases in Central Asia for data gathering from Afghanistan, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Saturday, as American troops depart the nation.
Taliban fighters have made main advances as U.S. forces pull out after 20 years of struggle, a safety headache for Moscow which fears refugees could also be pushed into its Central Asian yard and its southern defensive flank destabilised. read more
In a uncommon supply throughout a interval of frosty relations between Washington and Moscow, Putin proposed at June 16 talks with Biden in Geneva that they coordinate on Afghanistan and put Russia’s bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to “sensible use”, Kommersant reported, citing sources.
The newspaper stated this might contain the alternate of knowledge obtained utilizing drones however that there had been no concrete response from the U.S. facet. The Kremlin didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the Biden administration was in talks with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan about quickly taking in hundreds of Afghans who labored with U.S. forces and now face threats from the Taliban, citing three sources accustomed to the matter. read more
Russia’s International Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday stated the U.S. and NATO alliance withdrawal from Afghanistan made the political and navy scenario extra unsure, which in flip exacerbated the terrorist menace within the area.
Talking at a convention with senior Central Asian officers in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Lavrov stated Russia wished to assist kickstart peace talks between the warring sides in Afghanistan. read more
Reporting by Alexander Marrow;
Modifying by Andrew Cawthorne
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