Russia claims Taliban control two-thirds of Afghan-Tajik border

MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday that the Taliban controlled about two-thirds of the Afghan-Tajik border and urged all parties in Afghanistan to exercise restraint.

“We have noted a sharp rise in tensions on the Afghan-Tajik border. The Taliban movement has quickly occupied a large part of the border districts and currently controls about two-thirds of the border,” said the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, adding that Moscow urges all parties to “show restraint”.

She said Moscow was ready to take “further steps” to “prevent aggression” against its ally Tajikistan and called on all parties to “avoid spreading tensions outside the country”.

The Taliban announced on Friday it had captured a key border crossing with Iran, hours after President Joe Biden issued a firm defense of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A Taliban delegation was in Moscow on Friday giving a press conference.

This week, more than 1,000 Afghan troops fled to Tajikistan after a devastating insurgent offensive in northern Afghanistan.

The Afghan authorities have pledged to take back all neighborhoods lost to the Taliban and have deployed hundreds of commandos to counter the insurgent offensive in the north.

The fighting in the north also forced Moscow to close its consulate in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province and one of the largest urban centers in Afghanistan near the border with Uzbekistan. – AFP

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