Lavrov: Russia vows support for Tajikistan in case of attack from Afghan border

Lavrov: Russia vows support for Tajikistan in case of attack from Afghan border

In the event of an attack on Tajikistan from the border with Afghanistan, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) would urgently convene, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov vowed during his lecture at the Far Eastern Federal University on Russia’s international activity for developing Russian regions on Thursday.

"If Tajikistan is attacked, this will, of course, be a subject of an immediate discussion in the CSTO," Russia’s top diplomat assured.

Moscow and Dushanbe are allies under the Collective Security Treaty, and Russia has a military base in Tajikistan, Lavrov mentioned.

"So, we will, of course, honor our commitments," TASS cited him as saying.

The press center of the Border Guard Troops of Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security reported on Monday that more than 1,000 Afghan troops had retreated to Tajikistan after clashes with the Taliban (outlawed in Russia). Afghan troops have had to retreat to Tajikistan’s territory several times over the past two weeks.

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