Russia sends dozens more tanks near Afghanistan

Russia will deploy 30 new tanks to its garrison base in Tajikistan, amid the Taliban’s control of neighboring Afghanistan.

“30 modern tanks will be deployed to replace older vehicles in the service of the armored battalion of the 201st Russian garrison base in Tajikistan from now until the end of the year,” said Khanif Beglov, commander of the force. armored vehicles of the Central Military District of Russia, said today.

Russian tanks exercise near the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border on July 20.  Photo: Vbox7.

Russian tanks exercise near the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border on July 20. Photo: Vbox7.

The Russian official did not say that the tank model would be brought to Tajikistan, but the country’s garrison in Tajikistan is staffing the T-72B main battle tank and the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle. The Central Military Region has received about 100 armored vehicles of all kinds since the beginning of this year, including 30 fully upgraded T-72B3M main tanks.

The garrison number 201 is one of Moscow’s largest military facilities in Tajikistan. The Russian army at the end of July announced to dispatch 17 more BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles here, while the Central Military District in August announced to strengthen the garrison force with a series of new weapons such as: Verba shoulder vac anti-aircraft missiles, AK-12 rifles, sniper rifles and modern machine guns, thermobaric missiles and Kornet anti-tank missiles.

Moscow has repeatedly feared that the situation in Afghanistan could push refugees and Islamist extremists into Central Asia, destabilizing Russia’s southern flank. The border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan is 1,344 km long, mostly mountainous and difficult to control.

Vu Anh (Follow Interfax)

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