SU-25 attack planes have been deployed to Tajikistan from Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan for participation in the Vzaimodeystviye 2021 (Interaction 2021) military exercise of the Collective Security Treaty Organization that will be conducted in Khatlon province close to the Tajik-Afghan border from October 22-23.

“A SU-25 wing has been deployed from the Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan for participation in a joint military exercise of the CSTO Collective Operational Reaction Force (CORF),” says the press center of Russia’s Central Military District.

Servicemen participating in the Vzaimodeystviye 2021 exercise will practice missions to localize a border conflict in the Central Asian region.  

CSTO members include Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.

In August, Russia completed joint military exercises with Tajik and Uzbek troops near the border with Afghanistan, which followed smaller Russian-Uzbek maneuvers along the Uzbek-Afghan border.

Recall, CSTO Secretary-General Stanislav Zas announced last month that "The cooperative measures have been elaborated to ensure security in Tajikistan in case of an escalation of the border conflict.  For the same purpose, a series of large-scale exercises of the CSTO’s collective forces will take place…  The drills will all be held according to a single plan."

According to him, the CSTO closely monitors the situation on the Tajik-Afghan border. "The main goal of the organization is to ensure the security of the CSTO’s member states.  That’s the reason why we still give priority to political and diplomatic means.  The CSTO’s presidents have agreed to make further efforts to build cooperation in countering the challenges and threats from the territory of Afghanistan," the CSTO Secretary General added.

It was agreed to accelerate the adoption of the intergovernmental program proposed by Tajikistan within the framework of the CSTO to strengthen the Tajik-Afghan border. "As you know, Tajikistan has got the longest border with Afghanistan - 1,344 km, which passes in a hard-to-reach mountainous area," he concluded.