Russia stated its opposition to a possible plan by the United States to deploy its troops in Central Asia countries once it pulls out its troops from Afghanistan on August 31, which will also mark the end of two decades of military engagement in Afghanistan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the presence of over 100,000 US and NATO forces in Afghanistan in the past decades did not result in a victory for the US in Afghanistan, and questioned what the US wants to achieve by deploying fewer numbers of troops outside.
“Separate from the collective security treaty, there are some indications that the Pentagon officials are trying to transfer their resources along (in neighboring regions) of Afghanistan in order to attack Afghanistan if needed,” said the Russian foreign minister.
He said that a US military presence in Central Asia will not be helpful for regional security.
Nevertheless, the Afghan Ministry of Defense has said that international cooperation with Afghanistan is a must to help the nation combat global terrorism.
“There is also a need for an international campaign to combat international terrorism in Afghanistan, cooperation by other countries with Afghanistan’s government will not pose any threat against a third nation,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Meanwhile, former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann said that the US military bases in the region will be built to support the Afghan National Securiyt and Defense Forces (ANDSF).
“The bases were very useful for supporting the Afghan forces and not having bases makes it harder to support the Afghan forces, but there was never an American policy that we wanted bases permanently,” said former US ambassador to Kabul Ronald Neumann.
The US military mission in Afghanistan is coming to its end on the 31st of August as mentioned by President Joe Biden.