MOSCOW:Russia has sent armored vehicles and military equipment to Tajikistan, Afghanistan’s neighbor, against the backdrop of “growing instability” near the southern border, says the defense ministry.
The ministry announced in a statement on Saturday it had transferred 12 armored vehicles and an array of military equipment, which includes close combat equipment and protective gear, to Tajikistan.
“Against the backdrop of growing instability near Tajikistan’s southern border, we are working together to ensure the security of our states,” Major General Yevgeny Tsindyaikin said in the statement.
Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Friday that Moscow will equip its military base in Tajikistan with 30 new tanks by the end of the year.
Russia has held military exercises near the border with Afghanistan and expanded hardware at the base, after the Taliban intensified their offensives against Afghan government forces, amid the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.