MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has offered to use its military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to monitor the situation in Afghanistan after its withdrawal from the country, according to international media and social media.
The news was reported by a Russian newspaper, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden of exchanging information on the conflict in Afghanistan during a meeting in Geneva last month. Russia offered to use military bases to monitor the situation in the country.
Citing sources, the newspaper said that the talks between the two presidents included President Putin’s proposal to the US President to use Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The news made headlines in the international media, but Russia did not respond.
According to the newspaper, the United States has not yet given a clear answer to this Russian offer. Commenting on the report, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the situation in Afghanistan was on the agenda of the June meeting, but did not comment on whether Russia’s Central Asian bases should be handed over to the United States. Offered or not?
On the other hand, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that when President Putin met with President Biden in Geneva last month, Moscow had sent a message to Washington that the United States was committed to Afghanistan’s neighbors. Restoring the military presence is not acceptable. “We have made it clear to the United States that we will never accept a US military presence near or in Russia,” he said.
“We have told Americans, bluntly and bluntly, that a lot has changed in the region, and in our relationship with the United States, a lot will change in our minds,” he said. ۔ So it would be foolish to assume that we will tolerate a US military presence in Central Asia.