The Russian President told Central Asian leaders that after the Taliban came to power, “extremists” must be stopped.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of Central Asia that it is important to prevent any “radical Islam” from spreading from China to the region. Afghanistan, According to the Kremlin.
Putin said in a speech at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) online summit on Monday that it is important to keep “Islamic extremists” out of the door after the Taliban seize power.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization’s emergency talks on Afghanistan were chaired by President Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan. Leaders of the former Soviet republics including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan attended the meeting.
The Kremlin stated that the military alliance expressed concern that the Islamic State of IS (ISIS) still has a foothold in Afghanistan and still poses a threat to the wider region.
It added that the six leaders have agreed to coordinate actions on the ongoing situation in the country, including responding to any emerging threats.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the organization discussed the impact of “another civil war in Afghanistan,” but added: “No one will intervene in these events.”
His remarks came as a Taliban spokesperson stated on Monday that the group had surrounded Panjshir, the only one of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces that had not yet fallen into his hands.
Several Taliban opponents gathered in the area, which is located north of the capital Kabul. They include Amrullah Saleh, the now-down government vice president, who claimed to be acting president, and Ai Ahmad Massoud (Ahmad Massoud). in year 2001.
Putin triggered fear of “refugees”
Putin had earlier expressed concern about the situation in Afghanistan. Last week he warned that the “collapse” of the security situation could lead to “terrorists” entering neighboring countries “in the name of refugees.”
“Our Western partners continue to raise the issue of resettling refugees in Central Asian countries before obtaining visas from the United States or other countries,” he said at a meeting with Russia’s ruling United Russia Party officials on Sunday.
“But who are these refugees? How do we know?”
Putin estimated that “tens, even hundreds of thousands, or even millions” may want to flee Afghanistan, where Afghans and foreigners continue to flood into the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, desperately fleeing the Taliban. take over.
At the same time, hundreds of people fled to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which border Afghanistan.
Moscow is eager to ensure that the instability in Afghanistan does not spread to Central Asia. It believes that part of the former Soviet Union is its own backyard and that the area will not become a launch pad for other armed groups.
Since the Taliban seized power, it has been praising the Taliban’s actions, saying it has “No choice“It will fail against groups and resistance.
But Moscow has not yet recognized the Taliban as the country’s legal ruler, and still officially regards the organization as a “terrorist” entity.