Russian Foreign Ministry: there is no need to escalate at the CSTO level in connection with the situation in Afghanistan

According to the deputy head of the department, Alexander Pankin, the situation in Afghanistan is always on the CSTO agenda.

Russian Foreign Ministry: there is no need to escalate at the CSTO level in connection with the situation in Afghanistan

According to TASS, on Thursday the deputy head of the department, Alexander Pankin, told reporters that the Russian Foreign Ministry does not see the need for “escalation in order to demonstrate force” at the level of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in connection with the situation in Afghanistan.

“The situation in Afghanistan has always been a subject of discussion by the CSTO, countries have held consultations, statements are made”, he said, adding that “Russia is in bilateral negotiations with Kazakhstan”.

Pankin drew attention to the fact that “the task of the CSTO is to protect the southern borders, primarily Tajikistan and Turkmenistan”.

“If you mean more radical measures, then we will react as soon as possible, God forbid, the preconditions for this. So far, no escalation has been provided for the purpose of demonstrating force”, said the Deputy Foreign Minister

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