“We thoroughly discussed the security situation in Central Asia, including threats and challenges coming from Afghanistan,” Putin was quoted as saying in a report by Russia’s TASS News Agency.
In his turn, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon said “Tajikistan is a buffer zone preventing the spread of security threats coming from that region.”
Rahmon further added that Dushanbe called for resolving Afghanistan’s problems peacefully.
“Tajikistan is interested in a stable and prospering Afghanistan,” the Tajik leader emphasized.
This comes as the growing instability in the northern provinces of Afghanistan has sparked concerns among the officials of Central Asian countries having borders with Afghanistan.
The Russian and Tajikistan forces launched joint military exercises close to the border with Afghanistan in mid-July last year.
The Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan had confirmed that the joint exercises have been launched to prepare the armed forces to respond to possible threats from the Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan.