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US Trying to Set Up Presence Near Afghanistan Under Pretext of Fighting Terror, Russia Says

Washington began reaching out to countries neighbouring Afghanistan, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, in May after President Biden announced that the US would be withdrawing from the country after nearly 20 years of war. So far, all US overtures in this direction appear to have been rejected.

The United States has not given up on its geopolitical aspirations in West Asia, and is seeking to shore up their positions in countries neighbouring Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Yuri Kokov, deputy chief of the Russian Security Council has said.

"Indeed, there are threats of a geopolitical nature [to Russia], stemming from the fact that the Americans have not actually abandoned their ambitions in this region," Kokov said, speaking to Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper in an in interview published Wednesday.

"On the contrary, under the pretext of countering terrorist groups, they are seeking to gain a foothold in countries neighbouring Afghanistan, and to create bases there for their unmanned aerial vehicles and training centers for the training of local military personnel, law enforcement and special services. In essense, this means bringing NATO infrastructure even closer to Russia's borders," the official warned.

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