Putin says, situation on Afghan-Tajik border cause for concern

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says the situa-tion on the Afghan-Tajik bor-der is a cause for concern.

Putin voiced his concern at a meeting with his Tajik coun-terpart Emomali Rakhmon in the Russian port city of Saint Petersburg on Monday.

A Russian media outlet quoted him as saying: “The situation on the border with Afghanistan now … causes some alarm and concern.”Putin told the visiting presi-dent that Russia and Tajiki-stan were developing coop-eration on dealing with secu-rity issues.

He added some weapons and equipment had been provided to help Tajikistan’s armed forces efficiently counter threats emanating from out-side.

Moscow has been in an effort to fortify its military base in Tajikistan with weapons and other equipment.

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