Turkmenistan denies sending heavy weaponry to Afghan border

The MFA called the relevant reports of the Russian media unproven and plainly biased.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan has denied reports regarding the deployment of troops and heavy military equipment to the Afghan border. The department said that the relevant information published in several Russian media is plainly biased, reported a correspondent of CentralAsia.news.

The representatives of the ministry said that RBK TV channel, who spread false news about sending artillery, tanks, cannons and armored personnel carriers to the Turkmen-Afghan border, is chasing a «cheap sensation».

The Foreign Ministry noted that the corresponding border is the border of friendship and cooperation. The Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan stressed that all military units, their personnel and military equipment remain in places of permanent deployment. According to officials, planned military training are held within the state program.

Turkmen civil servants drew attention to the fact that Ashgabat has always been committed to a peaceful settlement of the conflict on the territory of the IRA, maintaining friendly and good-neighborly relations with Kabul.

The MFA emphasized that Turkmenistan stands for objective and honest news, which is based on verified facts, especially in the unstable situation in the «long-suffering Afghan land».

It should be mentioned that the political and military situation in the IRA got worse due to the withdrawal of US troops from the republic. The authorities of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have already expressed concern in this direction. CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas and President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced their readiness to help Dushanbe in case of conflict on the Tajik-Afghan border.

The heads of the ministries of foreign affairs of the Central Asian states held a videoconference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan on July 7. The Turkmen side announced its intention to intensify political and diplomatic efforts in regional and international formats within the corresponding issue.

On July 8, at the talks in Moscow representatives of the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) promised the Russian authorities not to violate the borders of the Central Asian countries.

13 июл 2021, 10:23
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