President Vladimir Putin in June provided US counterpart Joe Biden the usage of Russian army bases in Central Asia for info gathering from Afghanistan, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Saturday, as American troops depart the nation.
Taliban fighters have made main advances as US forces pull out after 20 years of battle, a safety headache for Moscow which fears refugees could also be pushed into its Central Asian yard and its southern defensive flank destabilised.
In a uncommon provide throughout a interval of frosty relations between Washington and Moscow, Putin proposed at June 16 talks with Biden in Geneva that they coordinate on Afghanistan and put Russia’s bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to “sensible use”, Kommersant reported, citing sources.
The newspaper mentioned this might contain the alternate of data obtained utilizing drones however that there had been no concrete response from the US aspect.
The Kremlin didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the Biden administration was in talks with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan about briefly taking in 1000’s of Afghans who labored with US forces and now face threats from the Taliban, citing three sources conversant in the matter.
Russia’s Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday mentioned the US and NATO alliance withdrawal from Afghanistan made the political and army scenario extra unsure, which in flip exacerbated the terrorist menace within the area.
Talking at a convention with senior Central Asian officers in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Lavrov mentioned Russia wished to assist kickstart peace talks between the warring sides in Afghanistan.