‘Pak, Afghan posing threat to Russia, CIS’

Pakistan and Afghanistan have become an `incubator` of terrorism, and are posing threat to Russia and all constituents of the Commonwealth of Independent States of former Soviet republics, Russian security chief today said.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 16:23 PM IST

Moscow: Pakistan and Afghanistan have
become an `incubator` of terrorism, and are posing threat to
Russia and all constituents of the Commonwealth of Independent
States (CIS) of former Soviet republics, Russian security
chief today said.

"These countries have become an `incubator` of
terrorism and extremism, which are spreading into the region,
CIS countries and the whole world," Director of Federal
Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov was quoted as
saying by a news agency.
Speaking at a news conference in the Tajik capital
Dushanbe at the end of the meeting of the CIS chiefs of
security and intelligence services, Bortnikov, who is also
chairman of Russia`s National Anti-terror Committee (NAC),
also expressed deep concern at the security threat posed to
Tajikistan and other bordering nations by infiltration of
Taliban forces into northern provinces of Afghanistan under
the pressure from advancing NATO troops.

"We are carefully monitoring this situation and
keeping it under constant control," Bortnikov said.

Northern provinces of Afghanistan with Tajik and Uzbek
majority were so far peaceful and these areas were used for
sending in humanitarian aide into the war-torn nation.
According to Central Asian `Azia Plyus` agency
Russian troops could return to Tajik-Afghan border and
Dushanbe is in talks with Moscow to ink an agreement to this
effect as Taliban forces are creeping into areas close to the
former Soviet republics borders.

PTI