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China slowly shifting its role into security matters in the Central Asian region | Source: Asia Plus

Chinese troops have reportedly controlled a remote stretch of land near the Wakhan Corridor not far from Tajikistan’s mountainous border with northeastern Afghanistan, a strategic location from a collection of buildings and lookout towers as part of Beijing’s nascent but growing hard-power footprint in the region that is focused on security in neighboring Afghanistan. China’s stepped-up security presence is driven in part by a desire to protect its investments and by Beijing’s view that Central Asia can act as a bulwark against extremism in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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Russia draws a red line for US in Central Asia | Source: Asia Times

Moscow has categorically stated that it will not accept a US military presence in the Central Asian region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.  Ryabkov’s remark testifies to extreme wariness in Moscow about the US military or intelligence presence in or around Central Asia where Russia has profound security concerns. Given the United States’ clandestine links with ISIS and its history of using terror groups as geopolitical tools, Russia has to be extra-cautious.

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Russia Sees Targeted Attempts to Undermine Situation in Asia | Source: Sputnik

Foreign Minister Lavrov warned that after its withdrawal from Afghanistan, NATO seeks to redeploy forces to Central, South, and Southeast Asia and to direct flows of Afghan refugees there. According to Lavrov, some narrow political structures and military blocs, sticking to the logic of the cold war and a policy of containment, “contribute to the destabilization of the situation in Asia.”

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Russia-led CSTO to hold three military drills in Tajikistan this month | Source: Asia Plus

The Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) plans to hold three military exercises in Tajikistan this month due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. The CSTO’s presidents have already agreed to make further efforts to build cooperation in countering the challenges and threats from the territory of Afghanistan. CSTO members include Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.

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Russia and Kazakhstan push for hydrocarbon expansion with projects in Caspian | Source: Neftegaz Ru

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev revealed that Russia’s oil giant Lukoil would help Central Asia’s largest country develop oil fields located in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Caspian Sea. He stressed that they already started developing the large Kalamkas-Sea and Khazar fields. Kalamkas-Sea is an offshore field located in the northeastern part of the Caspian Sea, near the giant Kashagan field – one of the world’s largest discoveries of the past 4 decades. The total project cost will be about $5 billion.

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Russia supports start of Iran’s SCO membership process | Source: TASS

Russia supports the start of Iran’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) membership process, which has been submitted for approval to the SCO Council of Heads of State. The country plays an important role in Eurasia and Iran’s SCO accession will undoubtedly contribute to enhancing the organization’s international authority, Putin emphasized.

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Russia-led CSTO bloc ready to apply resources to ensure security in case of Afghan threats | Source: TASS

Members of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have issued a joint statement to reaffirm that they stand ready to apply resources to maintain security of their countries from any threats that come from Afghanistan. The Taliban (outlawed in Russia) launched a large-scale operation to regain control over Afghanistan after the United States announced the withdrawal of its military personnel from the country.

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Russia-Led CSTO Starts Military Drills In Kyrgyzstan Due To Situation In Afghanistan | Source: Ghandara

Russian and Kyrgyz troops take part in a military drill at the Edelweiss military training ground.

The Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, include Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan) has started military exercises in Kyrgyzstan it says are needed in response to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. Last month, Russia held two separate joint military drills with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan near the Afghan border. Central Asians states bordering Afghanistan are concerned about security threats emanating from the war-torn country and the potential for tens of thousands of refugees to pour over the border.

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