MADRID, 19 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The armies of Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will carry out joint military exercises in Tajik territory, near the border with Afghanistan, in early August, given the recent advances in the north of the Central Asian country by the Taliban.
The commander of the troops of the Central Military District (DMC) of Russia, Alexander Lapin, has indicated that the maneuvers will take place between 5 and 10 August in the Tajik province of Jatlon, before adding that the objective is “to rehearse the preparations to launch operations to defeat illegal armed groups intruders “.
In Katlon, which borders Afghanistan to the south, there is a Russian contingent deployed to military base 201, the largest Russian Army installation outside its territory, as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The announcement came hours after the European Union (EU) and a number of countries, including the United States and Spain, called on the Taliban to end their military offensive in Afghanistan and stressed that it “frustrates efforts to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict “in the Central Asian country.
Government delegations and the Taliban meeting in Doha reached an agreement on Sunday in which they commit to avoid civilian casualties, protect the country’s infrastructure and cooperate in the distribution of humanitarian aid in the country, although they were unable to agree on a ceasefire or a reduction in violence.
Afghanistan has been plunged into an increase in violence in recent months, in which the Taliban have made important territorial advances, in the middle of the process of withdrawing international troops, which has generated concern in the international community about the apparent inability of the security forces to deal with the insurgents.