Sergey Shoigy, Russian Defense Minister, on Thursday, accused the United States of aiming to exploit militant groups in Afghanistan to destabilize the region.
The Russian Minister made the remarks while visiting Minsk, Belarus, where he met with counterparts from other CSTO member states to discuss regional challenges and issues.
He said that Afghanistan remains a hotbed of instability, stating that the United States intends to use the potential of terrorist organizations to destabilize the situation in the region.
“Afghanistan remains a hotbed of instability. The main threat comes from illegal armed groups that have significantly strengthened their positions in that country since Taliban took control of power.” He continued by saying, “We believe that the United States intends to use the potential of these terrorist organizations to destabilize the situation in the region. For this purpose, the redeployment of fighters from the controlled gangs in the Middle East to Afghanistan has been organized,” He said, TASS News Agency quoted.
He also warned the Central Asian countries, particularly the CSTO member states, that the illegal armed groups seek to infiltrate the neighbouring countries in the future.
“In the future, their infiltration into neighbouring countries is possible for committing terrorist acts,” the minister said.
He criticized NATO countries, particularly the US, for trying to reestablish their military presence in the Central Asian region rather than concentrating on Afghanistan’s rehabilitation following the hasty withdrawal.
Meanwhile, he emphasized the significance of coordinated efforts on the Afghan track and proposed joint exercises in the framework of bilateral and multilateral.
The conference also covered several mutual interest topics and modernized the organization’s crisis response mechanism.
Member States Of The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) The Moscow-led CSTO is a military alliance in Eurasia comprising six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.