- Exercise begins near Afghanistan border
- Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan took part
- 1,800 Russian soldiers deployed to training ground
Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on Thursday began a trilateral military exercise in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan near the Afghan border. Russia’s Defense Ministry quoted Reuters on Monday as saying that 1,800 Russian soldiers and 420 units of military hardware are involved in the exercise at the Kharbmaidon training ground.
Russia alerted by increasing power of Taliban, sent tanks and weapons to Tajikistan-Afghanistan border
Russia is also conducting military exercises in Uzbekistan
Tajikistan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that the exercise would involve more than 300 armored vehicles, 25 fighter and transport helicopters and an undisclosed number of fighter and bomber jets as well as artillery, according to Reuters news agency. Russia is also holding exercises this week in Uzbekistan, another former Soviet republic bordering Afghanistan. Regarding the Uzbek exercise, Moscow said on Thursday that it would also deploy four strategic bombers.
Russia increased arms supply
The security situation in Afghanistan remains worrying after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Moscow fears this could destabilize its southern defensive side. Russia has increased supplies of arms and military hardware to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan amid fighting in Afghanistan. The Interfax news agency reported this on Thursday, quoting Russian military chief Valery Gerasimov.
Russia’s largest base in Tajikistan
The Russian army in Tajikistan has the largest military base on foreign soil. According to the Interfax news agency, Russia has deployed 17 infantry fighting vehicles to Tajikistan to strengthen its military base. The first batch of BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles has been delivered a day earlier to Dushanbe with the help of transport aircraft of the Russian Air Force. Russian tanks are stationed near the Afghan-Tajik border.