In this connection, military-technical assistance will be provided to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry noted that Kazakhstan has no intention of promoting the development of border disputes between these countries, Trend reports referring to Tengrinews.kz.
According to the ministry, in December 2019, the Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan turned to the Kazakh side for military-technical assistance in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the area of the Tajik-Afghan border. An intergovernmental agreement on the provision of gratuitous military-technical assistance was developed, signed on April 17, 2021.
In addition, as the ministry said, a similar agreement was signed with Kyrgyzstan on March 2.
“That is, these agreements with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were signed before the aggravation of border disputes between these countries. At present, work is underway to ratify the signed agreements.
The provision of military-technical assistance to these countries does not intend to facilitate the development of border disputes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. These agreements were signed in light of the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan of the military contingent of the international coalition countries.
In addition, the delivery of military-technical equipment to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be carried out only after they reach agreements on the settlement of existing contradictions and normalization of the situation, “the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan added.
The ministry clarified that according to the collective security treaty, to which Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are parties, the CSTO countries are obliged to refrain from using force or threats against each other. In this regard, military-technical assistance should not be used by them in resolving border disputes.
We will remind, earlier it was reported that Kazakhstan plans to provide free military assistance to Tajikistan.