Brief: Russia Reinforces Its Buffer in Central Asia

A series of military drills are intended to shore up defenses and warn off threats.

Background: Central Asia buffers Russia from the ongoing instability in Afghanistan, but Moscow fears that increased migration and the threat of terrorism and extremism could destabilize the region. (click to enlarge) What Happened: The Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization announced plans to conduct military exercises in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan because of the situation in Afghanistan. […]

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