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28.07.2021 (16:00)

The US attempts to gain a foothold in the Central Asian countries after leaving Afghanistan will not lead to anything good

The United States, leaving Afghanistan, where it lost everything that could have been lost, is nevertheless trying to gain a foothold in the Central Asian region, the head of the Russian military department, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, told reporters in Dushanbe, where a meeting of defence ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states is being held today.

"The United States has announced to everyone and widely: we are leaving Afghanistan. This is indeed the case. But at the same time, negotiations are underway with all the states bordering Afghanistan on the creation of certain logistics centers, bases for the withdrawal of equipment from there and, of course, the creation of centers where refugees from Afghanistan could be accepted, including those people with whom the United States has been cooperating there for many years," the Russian Defence Minister said.

"Here I can say only one thing, and this is normal sound logic: why do you go out if you stand right there behind the fence and, figuratively speaking, try to observe through the cracks what is happening there? Why leave? In order to stay literally on the border? The answer is absolutely obvious: this is an attempt to gain a foothold in the Central Asian region. Naturally, having lost everything that could have been lost in Afghanistan, " the head of the Russian military department said.

At the same time, Sergei Shoigu noted that it is difficult to find "a good place on the planet, with good consequences, where the United States came and where they stayed for a long time."

According to the head of the Russian military department, when non-regional players interfere in the party, "then we get what we get."

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