Good will? Putin offers the United States the use of two military bases in Central Asia

These military bases are in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and the Russian side is determined to allow the United States to send unmanned aerial vehicles across the border to Afghanistan and otherwise gather information about a country being abandoned by American troops and the Taliban carrying out new attacks.

It is not yet clear whether the Kremlin will grant U.S. permission to keep troops in these military bases, but analysts say the possibility is scarce.

The largest military base is in Tajikistan, with 6,000 deployments. Russian troops. The base in Kyrgyzstan, which does not border Afghanistan, is smaller. Both countries were Soviet republics during the Cold War and now belong to the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

According to Kommersant, Washington has not yet provided a final response to Russia’s offer. Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to approve and deny the content of the publication.

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Meeting of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva

In recent weeks, the Taliban have occupied a large part of Afghanistan, from which the last U.S. troops will leave by 9/11.

The group, which had ruled the country for five years until November 2001, recently announced that it controlled as much as 85 percent. Territories of Afghanistan. True, many analysts believe that such statements do not correspond to a reality that is becoming increasingly difficult to establish in general.

The withdrawal of US forces after nearly 20 years of operations for Russia means a considerable headache. Moscow fears that Taliban marches could destabilize Central Asian countries that the Kremlin has long placed within its sphere of influence.

Analysts stress that neither Tajikistan nor Uzbekistan will dare to shelter a new U.S. military base unless Russia agrees.

Putin said last year that the presence of US troops in Afghanistan had brought more stability to the country.

However, the Kremlin also fears that Americans may try to negotiate with Afghanistan’s neighbors to open new military bases. Moscow said last week that it had “openly” warned the US not to take initiatives that would be “unacceptable” to Russia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has recently been negotiating – probably military bases – with the foreign ministers of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


AFP / “Scanpix” nuotr./Antony Blinkenas

But analysts stress that neither Tajikistan nor Uzbekistan will dare to shelter a new U.S. military base unless Russia agrees.

Perhaps that is why Russia is proposing to the US use its two military bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – Moscow could, if not in control, closely monitor the actions of the Americans.

Military exercises were held in Tajikistan last week, attended by about 1,000 people. Russian troops, as well as combat helicopters. According to the daily Izvestia, military exercises are planned in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in August and September.

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