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

"The CSTO member states also call to thwart any security threats coming from Afghanistan," the organization's Secretary General Stanislav Zas noted

DUSHANBE, September 15. /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, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas told reporters following a joint meeting of the CSTO Defense Minister Council, Foreign Minister Council and Security Council Secretary Committee.

"The CSTO member states also call to thwart any security threats coming from Afghanistan and reaffirm their resolve to apply the resources that the CSTO has to ensure security of our states," Zas said.

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. On August 15, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stepped down and fled the country, while the Taliban forces swept into Kabul, meeting no resistance.

The radical movement unveiled its new government on September 7 after almost two weeks of deliberation, which they mainly blamed on "technical difficulties and preparations".

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