Afghan security guards search a child's bicycle after a bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan (photo: dpa)

Russia fears regional instability after Nato leaves Afghanistan

Russia plans to set up military maintenance bases in Afghanistan to service the Afghan army’s weapons and hardware when Nato pulls out in 2014. It is in Russia’s interest that the region on its southern borders remains stable. But Russia fears that the withdrawal of Nato troops could lead to militant Islamic groups extending their reach into neighbouring countries – destabilising a wider area and plunging Afghanistan and Uzbekistan into civil war.

THE RUSSIAN leadership is fearing for the safety of its southern borders when Nato troops pull out of Afghanistan.

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US involvement in Afghanistan is expected to end in 2014 and the Kremli...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
While Moscow has pleaded with Washington to extend its presence in Afghanistan, until ‘the job is done’, there has also been a mounting concern about remaining US influence in the region as a whole
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