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U.S. forces' withdrawal from Afghanistan will flood Central Asia with weapons

05 december 2011, 12:46
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©REUTERS/Jason Reed
©REUTERS/Jason Reed
Russian authorities are concerned that large amounts of weapons will start flowing into Central Asia after NATO forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2014, Nezavisimaya gazeta writes.

There are concerns that the weapons that will end up in Central Asia will exceed Russia's armorments in number and could allow Central Asian countries strengthen and modernize their armies. This will weaken the military forces of Afghanistan negatively effecting stability of several CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries. “We are seriously concerned about the plans to decrease the number of American forces in combination with Washington's intention to enhance its military infrastructure in Afghanistan,” official representative of Russian Foreign Ministry Aleksandr Lukashevich said.

However, according to CA-News.org, Washington is not planning for any long-term military presence in Central Asia. “We have always been saying that we haven't planned any long-term presence or bases in this region,” Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs said.

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