CSTO member states concern over deteriorating situation in Afghanistan
Collective Security Treaty Organization member states are concerned about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the possible penetration of extremism in Central Asia. In Astana, representatives of the CSTO member states announced the possible creation of a special unit for logistical support of coalition forces. According to First Deputy head of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan Ruslan Alimov, it will help timely supply the CSTO troops with weapons, ammunition and equipment. To remind, the organization includes six states right now: Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
Ruslan ALIMOV, FIRST DEPUTY HEAD OF GENERAL STAFF, ARMED FORCES OF KAZAKHSTAN:
The CSTO’s main attention is focused on the conflict in Afghanistan, which continues to worsen with the penetration of the so-called Islamic state groups into its territory. Increased terrorist activity in Afghanistan can become a major source of instability in Central Asia in the medium term.