Putin extends a hand of friendship to Biden, saying he’offers Russian bases to spy on the Taliban.’
According to Russian media sources, VLADIMIR Putin has offered Joe Biden the use of Russian military outposts in Central Asia to improve intelligence collecting from Afghanistan.
The offer comes after Moscow warned Washington last week against attempting to construct its own military facilities in Afghanistan’s neighboring former Soviet republics. The Taliban has resurrected as a result of the US withdrawal, and it is continuing to beat government troops on its way to Kabul, the capital. According to the Islamists, they control up to 85% of the country.
The scenario has alarmed the Kremlin, which is concerned that the Taliban’s reappearance could trigger unrest in Central Asian states bordering Russia.
Russia has a sizable Muslim population and has been fighting the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in recent years, particularly in the Caucasus.
At the conference in Geneva last month, Mr Putin reportedly offered the use of Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for information gathering, according to the newspaper Kommersant.
The alleged proposal would allow the US military to utilize drones in combat, but it is unclear whether US troops would be permitted to remain at the facilities permanently.
According to Kommersant, the White House has yet to respond to the offer definitively.
The Kremlin, for its part, has remained silent on the report.
Tajikistan is home to Russia’s largest foreign base, with a capacity of 6,000 personnel.
In Kyrgyzstan, around 500 miles from the Afghan border, Moscow has a smaller base.
Mr Putin stated last year that the US presence in Afghanistan had been helpful to the country and had helped to bring stability to the country.
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, slammed the “hurried evacuation” of US and NATO soldiers from the country.
On Friday, he warned reporters that the decision jeopardized the country’s future and raised the possibility of terrorism and drug trafficking.
Moscow has pushed Afghanistan’s pro-Western administration to strike an agreement with Islamists through negotiation, and has offered to mediate the negotiations.