Putin calls US withdrawal from Afghanistan “to put it mildly, hasty”

NOVO-OGAREVO (TASS): Russian President Vladimir Putin called the withdrawal of the Western coalition troops from Afghanistan “to put it mildly, hasty”, pointing out the threats in the region that have arisen because of this.

Speaking on Thursday via video link at the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), he noted that the situation in the CSTO zone of responsibility and on the external borders of its participants “is not only unstable, but also brings new, truly acute challenges and risks for security of our countries “.

“Immediately after the hasty, to put it mildly, hasty withdrawal of US troops and their allies from Afghanistan and the coming to power of the Taliban movement, at the extraordinary summit of the CSTO, we exchanged views on the dangers associated with The drastically changed situation in this country. Ever-yone supported the conclusion that in the current conditions, the very close coordination and cohesion of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states is needed more than ever,” Putin said.

The Russian leader rec-alled that the parties “agr-eed that it is necessary to be ready at any time to fully use the defense and political potential of the CSTO to ensure security, maintain peace and stability” in the member states of the organization.

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