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Situation tense along Moscow-led bloc’s borders, secretary general says

CSTO Secretary General called the developments in Afghanistan alarming

DUSHANBE, September 15. /TASS/. The situation along the borders of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member countries remains tense, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas told reporters on Wednesday following a joint meeting of the CSTO Council of Defense Ministers, the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers, and the CSTO Committee of Security Council Secretaries.

"The situation remains tense almost everywhere along the borders of CSTO countries. Developments in Afghanistan are particularly alarming. We discussed the situation on the Tajik-Afghan border," he pointed out, adding that the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) took control of all of the country’s borders after coming to power.

After the United States announced the end of its military operation in Afghanistan and the pullout of troops, the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) stepped up their offensive. On August 15, Taliban fighters swept into Kabul without encountering any resistance and gained full control over the Afghan capital. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani stepped down and fled the country. The Taliban announced a new government on September 7.