Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Moscow’s concern that the United States and NATO deny the presence of the Islamic State (IA) jihadist organization in Afghanistan.
Lavrov talked about this at a press conference held in Moscow this Tuesday, which he held with his Pakistani counterpart, Havadisah Muhammad Ayesha. According to the leader of Russian diplomacy, thousands of terrorists in the Islamic State have gathered in the northern and eastern provinces of Afghanistan and have increased the risk that they will leak into the Central Asian republics from where they can easily reach Russia.
Lavrov emphasized that the fight against IA was primarily to be fought by Afghan government forces and the United States and NATO in Afghanistan. At the same time, he stressed that regional clusters such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization should strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
Andrej Novikov, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Center of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), warned at a meeting in Ogyincovo, Moscow, in Moscow, that after the defeat in Iraq and Syria, the IA will try to establish a new base in Afghanistan and Pakistan first and reorganize its military core it also engages in recruiting in the CIS countries.
Novikov said that 20,000 citizens of the CIS countries could be suspected of belonging to terrorist or extremist groups. According to the expert, IA will try to apply the “lone wolf” tactics in these states.
Andrej Novikov, who also spoke at the meeting of the terrorist bosses of the CIS, said that 9 security personnel in the integration secretariat last year had been detained and another 90 were identified who funded terrorist activities.
Source: MTI / Image: eloben.hu /