Russia-led bloc concludes drills near Afghanistan border

TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) – A Russia-led military exercise held over six days near the Tajik-Afghan border reached its conclusion on Saturday, media have reported.

A Russia-led military exercise held over six days near the Tajik-Afghan border, designed to demonstrate Moscow stands ready to protect Dushanbe in the event of an incursion from the south, reached its conclusion on Saturday, according to Reuters.

The exercise, carried out by the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which also includes Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, involved over 4,000 troops as well as tanks, artillery and assault aircraft.

"This is the first time an event of this scale is being held," Tajik Defence Minister Sherali Mirzo told reporters at the site.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the current situation in Afghanistan is not stable and that terrorists were trying to take advantage of the instablity.

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