Why did Russia hold military drills on the Tajik-Afghan border? | DW News

Subscribe to The Global Herald in Google News

DW News published this video item, entitled “Why did Russia hold military drills on the Tajik-Afghan border? | DW News” – below is their description.

Russia has just concluded large-scale military drills with Tajikistan near its border with Afghanistan.

The Taliban takeover there has been a cause for concern for some of its northern neighbors. Tajikistan has refused to recognize the militants’ authority, and has teamed up with Russia to beef up border security. The tensions come ahead of talks between the Taliban and regional powers.

DW Moscow Bureau chief Juri Rescheto was invited as a member of the press to observe the joint exercises – although independent reporting is restricted. He sent us this report.

Led by Russian troops, a total of four thousand Tajik, Belarusian, Kazakh and Armenian soldiers are practicing anti-terrorist maneuvers.

In Tajikistan – close to the border with Afghanistan – Russia and its allies hope that these military exercises will send a clear message to the Taliban and the wider world. They want to show that their forces are united and committed to the fight against international terrorism.

Fears that terrorism could be on the rise following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan have led to the strengthening of military cooperation within the so-called Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russian-led military alliance of several former Soviet Union states.

Russia has had a long and dramatic relationship with Afghanistan and has kept its distance from the country after a failed attempt to install a communist government in Kabul in the 1980s. But after the Taliban seized power earlier this year, Russia has been trying to sell itself as a mediator – between the West and the new rulers. Analysts think Moscow is trying to seize the opportunity to exert its influence on the entire region – especially on the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union:

The Russian Foreign Ministry recently invited a delegation of the Taliban to Moscow for talks, despite the fact that the radical Islamists are officially considered a terrorist organization in Russia. But that could change. But until then, Russia is flexing its muscles in Tajikistan, on the border with Afghanistan – shoulder to shoulder with its allies.

DW News YouTube Channel

Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

Subscribe to The Global Herald in Google News

About This Source - DW News

DW News is a global English-language news and information channel from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, established in summer 2015.

Recent from DW News:

  • El Salvador: Fighting climate change | Global Ideas
  • COVID: Incoming chancellor Scholz wants vaccine mandate in Germany | DW News
  • NATO warns Russia against Ukraine ‘aggression’ | DW News
  • In This Story: Afghanistan

    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

    3 Recent Items: Afghanistan

  • Group of 77, Afghanistan, Ethiopia & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (30 November 2021)
  • Afghans continue to feel traumatic legacy of US withdrawal three months on
  • On the frontline of Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis
  • In This Story: Moscow

    Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.

    2 Recent Items: Moscow

  • Lukashenko says he will ask Putin for nuclear weapons if NATO deploys similar systems to Poland
  • NATO warns Russia against Ukraine ‘aggression’ | DW News
  • In This Story: Russia

    Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south.

    Russia spans more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country’s capital.

    The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 and since 1993 Russia been governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Russia is a major great power, with the world’s second-most powerful military, and the fourth-highest military expenditure. As a recognised nuclear-weapon state, the country possesses the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

    3 Recent Items: Russia

  • Russia – Monthly Press Briefing (30 November 2021) | United Nations
  • Lukashenko says he will ask Putin for nuclear weapons if NATO deploys similar systems to Poland
  • Are Russian mercenaries training Malian soldiers? • FRANCE 24 English
  • In This Story: Soviet Union

    The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a federal socialist state in Northern Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, it was a one-party state (until 1990) governed by the Communist Party, with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian SFSR.

    The Soviet Union had its roots in the October Revolution of 1917 when the Bolsheviks, headed by Vladimir Lenin, overthrew the Provisional Government that had earlier replaced the monarchy of the Russian Empire.

    On 25 December 1991, Gorbachev resigned and the remaining twelve constituent republics emerged from the dissolution of the Soviet Union as independent post-Soviet states. The Russian Federation (formerly the Russian SFSR) assumed the Soviet Union’s rights and obligations and is recognized as its continued legal personality.

    2 Recent Items: Soviet Union

  • Still a powder keg: Why the flare up between Armenia and Azerbaijan?
  • Miraculous restoration of Li Shizhen’s portrait
  • In This Story: Tajikistan

    Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. The Fann Mountains, near the national capital Dushanbe, have snow-capped peaks that rise over 5,000 meters. The range encompasses the Iskanderkulsky Nature Refuge, a notable bird habitat named for Iskanderkul, a turquoise lake formed by glaciers. 

    2 Recent Items: Tajikistan

  • Afghan pilots hope US government will help them leave Tajikistan
  • Joint statement issued after 2nd FMs’ meet of Afghanistan’s neighbors
  • In This Story: Taliban

    The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within the country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader has been Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

    3 Recent Items: Taliban

  • On the frontline of Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis
  • Taliban: Doha agreement needs to be implemented completely
  • CGTN Exclusive: Taliban spokesman says meeting with EU positive
  • Leave a Comment

    We don't require your email address, or your name, for anyone to leave a comment. If you do add an email address, you may be notified if there are replies to your comment - we won't use it for any other purpose. Please make respectful comments, which add value, and avoid personal attacks on others. Links are not allowed in comments - 99% of spam comments, attempt to post links. Please verbalise where people may find additional information - for example "visit the UN website" or "search Google for..." rather than posting a link. Comments failing to adhere to these guidelines will not be published.