Kazakhstan crisis: Moscow strengthens its position in Central Asia

The successful anti-terror operation in Kazakhstan led by CSTO, in which Russia plays a big part, has brought back Moscow’s central role in Central Asia which is part of its immediate neighbourhood and where it has major stakes. The situation in all regions of Kazakhstan, where riots took place on January 2-7, has now stabilized. … Read more

Russia holds military drills in Tajikistan amid Taliban offensive

Russia on Wednesday launched military exercises in Tajikistan as the Taliban mount a blistering offensive in neighbouring Afghanistan. The militants in recent weeks have brought huge swathes of the country under their control as foreign troops withdraw, including Afghanistan’s main Shir Khan Bandar border crossing with Tajikistan. Moscow is closely watching the offensive, concerned about … Read more