Putin: It's vital to avoid 'spillover of radical Islamism' from Afghanistan
Updated 21:26, 23-Aug-2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin told leaders in Central Asia on Monday it was vital to avoid any spillover of radical Islamism into the region from Afghanistan and to keep Islamic extremists at bay, the Kremlin said.

Putin made the comments at an extraordinary meeting of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) on the Afghan situation. 

He told regional leaders that it was important to keep a close eye on the Afghan drug trade, according to the Kremlin. 

At the meeting, Putin and Central Asian leaders voiced concerns that ISIL still had a foothold in Afghanistan and was a threat, the Kremlin said.

The leaders agreed to coordinate joint action on Afghanistan, it added.

Putin on Sunday criticized the plan of some Western countries to relocate refugees from Afghanistan to neighboring Central Asian countries while their visas to the U.S. and Europe are being processed. 

(With input from Reuters)

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