TASS – Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev will visit Iran on September 26, where he will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with colleagues from other countries, the Russian Security Council press service reported.
“Multilateral consultations between the Security Councils on the Afghan issue will be held in Tehran on September 26,” the report says. “Russia will be represented by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev at the meeting.”
The Russian Security Council secretary repeatedly noted the growing threat that Afghanistan poses both to Russia and other countries, including Moscow’s allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). There are 15,000-20,000 militants staying in northern Afghanistan, he reported.
“The activity of terror organizations has galvanized in direct proximity to the border of the CSTO member states. The total number of militants in northern Afghanistan is about 15,000 to 20,000, including in the provinces located along the border with Tajikistan – up to 7,000,” Patrushev said at the meeting of the CSTO Secretaries of Security Councils, that was held in Astana in May.
In light of this, Russia supports the gradual implementation of cooperation in the CSTO to counter terrorism, which is an absolute priority amid the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the Security Council secretary concluded.