After news that it made a rare offer to the Americans to use its bases, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied that Moscow had suggested to Washington the use of Russian bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, in light of the recent developments in Afghanistan.
Lavrov said yesterday, Wednesday, in statements to the Russian “Interfax” news agency, that it was not possible that Moscow had made such an offer, especially since the bases are part of the Joint Response Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
He also indicated that his country cannot act with its bases in this way without informing its allies in the region.
He stressed that Russia is ready, within the framework of the ongoing contacts on Afghanistan between Russia, China and the United States, and the “extended tripartite” with the participation of Pakistan, and in any other format to contribute to calming the situation and exchange information on developments “on the ground” in Afghanistan.
Russian forces (archive)
The Russian newspaper “Kommersant” reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his US counterpart, Joe Biden, during their meeting in Geneva to coordinate the efforts of the two countries on the Afghan track, and offered the United States to take advantage of the Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The newspaper also reported that Putin suggested that the United States use military bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to collect information, including through drones launched across the border.
On Tuesday, the Russian envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kobulov, said that the Taliban leaders are “ready for a political settlement, but with the presentation of a political settlement with dignity.”
On the other hand, the director of the second Asian department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Zamir Kabulov, threatened last Wednesday to the Taliban that any attempt to harm the security of Moscow’s allies in Central Asia would be fraught with great losses for them.
From Afghanistan (archive – The Associated Press)
Last Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the withdrawal of the United States and NATO from Afghanistan made the political and military situation more uncertain, which in turn exacerbated the terrorist threat in the region.
Speaking at a conference with senior Central Asian officials in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Lavrov said Russia wanted to help start peace talks between the warring parties in Afghanistan.
All-out attack on Afghan forces
It is noteworthy that the Taliban launched a comprehensive attack on Afghan forces in early May, taking advantage of the start of the withdrawal of foreign forces, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.
The movement has taken control of vast rural areas, especially in the north and west of Afghanistan, away from its traditional strongholds in the south, in exchange for timid resistance from the Afghan forces, which have become deprived of American air cover, and control only major axes and state capitals.