President of Russia Viladmir Putin on separate telephone calls with president of Tajikistan Emamoli Rahmon and president of Uzbekistan Mirziyoyev expressed concerns over recent insecurity escalated in northern Afghanistan.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – DECEMBER 15, 2018: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talks over the phone to Artyom Palyanov, 14, a boy with brittle bone disease who took part in a volunteer project, after a helicopter tour of St Petersburg. On December 5, 2018, while visiting the International Volunteer Forum, Putin learned about the Dream with Me volunteer charity project helping seriously ill children and senior citizens make their dreams come true. Putin promised to help five project participants, Artyom Palyanov, dreaming of a helicopter tour of St Petersburg, was one of them. Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS Ðîññèÿ. Ñàíêò-Ïåòåðáóðã. Ïðåçèäåíò ÐÔ Âëàäèìèð Ïóòèí âî âðåìÿ òåëåôîííîãî ðàçãîâîðà ñ Àðòåìîì Ïàëüÿíîâûì â ñâîåì ðàáî÷åì êàáèíåòå â Êîíñòàíòèíîâñêîì äâîðöå. Â.Ïóòèí âî âðåìÿ Ìåæäóíàðîäíîãî ôîðóìà äîáðîâîëüöåâ 5 äåêàáðÿ, îáåùàë èñïîëíèòü ìå÷òó 14-ëåòíåãî “õðóñòàëüíîãî ìàëü÷èêà” À.Ïàëüÿíîâà èç ïîñåëêà Òàéöû, êîòîðûé ïîïðîñèë î âåðòîëåòíîé ýêñêóðñèè íàä Ñàíêò-Ïåòåðáóðãîì. Àëåêñåé Íèêîëüñêèé/ïðåññ-ñëóæáà ïðåçèäåíòà ÐÔ/ÒÀÑÑ

Viladmir Putin has told his Tajikistani counterpart that Russia will back Tajikistan in bolstering peace and suggested military support to guard border with Afghanistan.

A statement released by Russian government further reads that Putin is prepared to support Tajikistan both on bases of bilateral relations and within the framework of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Uzbekistan president Mirziyoyev also expressed his concerns over the recent conflicts between Afghan government force members and the Taliban steadily getting closer to its border.

Although no Afghan security force member nor any civilian has crossed Afghanistan border into Uzbekistan, Mirziyoyev says that tent comps have been ordered to be built in border with Afghanistan for possible flow of refugees.

Concerns of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries comes as Afghan president Ashraf Ghani is set to visit Uzbek capital, Tashkent for attending a high-level conference on central and south Asia.

Taliban offensive operation expedited soon after US troops left its largest airbase in northern Parwan province, Bagram. The number of districts fallen to Taliban now crosses one hundred but Afghan government says that counterattack for recapturing the territories is underway.

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