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Russian defense minister cites Afghanistan as ‘main threat’ to Central Asia

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu highlighted the complex security situation in Central Asia, pinpointing Afghanistan as the primary source of threat. Speaking at a board meeting of Russia’s defense ministry on Tuesday, Shoigu’s remarks were reported by the TASS news agency.

According to Shoigu, Daesh has bolstered its militant strength by 15% over the past year.

He warned of a predicted 20% increase in drug production and trafficking across Central Asian nations.

Daesh’s objectives, Shoigu elaborated, include the spread of radical ideologies in Central Asia and the execution of sabotage operations along the southern borders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “Their main goal is to spread radical ideas and carry out sabotage activities along the CSTO’s southern borders,” he stated.

In response to these challenges, Shoigu announced the Russian Central Military District’s continued acquisition of Iskander-M tactical missile systems and Tornado-G multiple launch rocket systems throughout the year. “The district’s units and formations are being equipped with the latest weapons, including Iskander-M systems and Tornado-G multiple rocket launchers,” he added, noting the reorganization of 18 military units.

These developments occur amidst recent UN reports acknowledging the presence of terrorist groups, including Daesh, in Afghanistan. The Taliban, however, has refuted these claims, asserting that they have successfully suppressed such groups within the country.