The Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) today launched a three-day military exercise in Kyrgyzstan. The organization “Rubezh-2021” explained the need for training, the need to respond to the situation in border Afghanistan. However, the Taliban, which now controls Afghanistan, says it will not pose a threat to neighboring countries.
The military exercises will focus on possible illegal incursions of illegal armed groups from Afghanistan and their effective blockade-neutralization. In a statement issued on September 7, the press service of the Central Military District of Russia said that Russian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz military units, as well as representatives of the CSTO General Staff and the leadership of the organization are taking part in the exercise, which began at the Edelweiss training ground in Kazakhstan.
According to preliminary reports, the Tajik Armed Forces should also be present at the exercise. However, they refused to participate at the last moment and did not name a reason for that – said the Deputy Minister of Defense of Kyrgyzstan Nurlan Kirishiev.