Tajikistan: population 9.5
Afghanistan: population 40 million
In this context, the two leaders discussed ways to reinforce the Tajik-Afghan border and provide logistics support and assistance to Tajik border guards in this respect….
“They agreed to continue contacts at different levels….”
[A prize to anyone who can explain what this means] “The presidents of Tajikistan and Russia substantively discussed the current alarming situation in the northern and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries. To prevent the existing threats to regional security, they highlighted the importance of further joint steps to strengthen interaction between the competent bodies and relevant ministries and other agencies, both on a bilateral and multilateral basis.”
The Russian deputy foreign minister [Andrei Rudenko] claimed that the corresponding measures would be taken if the situation required that
“Everything will depend on how the situation unfolds in northern Afghanistan. As far as we understand, the tensions are quite high because, according to some reports, the Taliban [outlawed in Russia] controls 70% of the border. As you know, we have the 201st Military Base in Tajikistan, which is fully equipped to provide assistance to the country if the need arises,” Rudenko emphasized.
“If the situation requires additional efforts, they will be undertaken,” the Russian deputy foreign minister pledged.