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Military build-up unnecessary in Central Asia — CSTO secretary general

April 22, 2014, 20:07 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG
There is a plan for minimizing threats and challenges that the organization can face after the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, Nikolai Bordyuzha specified
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CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha

CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha

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YEKATERINBURG, April 22. /ITAR-TASS/. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) sees no need for building up military presence in Central Asia after the NATO-led coalition leaves Afghanistan, the organization’s secretary general said.

There is a plan for minimizing threats and challenges that the organization can face after the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, Nikolai Bordyuzha said on Tuesday.

“We’re implementing decisions taken by the CSTO presidents in Sochi in September 2013: Tajikistan’s border guards will be aided immediately to strengthen border security with Afghanistan if the so-called Afghan ‘2014 problem’ emerges. Weapons, special equipment and ammunition will be provided to the border guards,” he said.

Russia is assisting Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in carrying out the rearmament program, Bordyuzha said.

“If necessary, our rapid reaction force can be used by the CSTO Council’s decision. If the situation deteriorates, we’ll have resources for ensuring stability in Central Asia,” he said.

In addition, Bordyuzha has voiced concern over illegal migration and drug trafficking from Afghanistan.

“I should say our youth is afflicted by chemical drugs from Europe. This is a serious challenge,” he said.

Earlier, director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Lieutenant-General Leonid Reshetnikov told ITAR-TASS that drug trafficking from Afghanistan had increased 40 times since NATO began its operation in that country.

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