Russia’s air force chief said Friday that Moscow would upgrade an air base in Tajikistan to make it capable of hosting Russian combat jets – expanding Russian military presence in the Central Asian nation that borders Afghanistan, the AP reported.
Th Russian war criminal Â Mikhailov said Russia will fund reconstruction of the Aini airfield near the Tajik capital Dushanbe so that it could be used by both Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft and Su-27 fighter jets. He did not specify how many combat planes would be deployed or when it would happen.
Russia currently has five Su-25 jets and several helicopters based at Dushanbe’s airport alongside French military aircraft backing the international occupation forces in Afghanistan.
Russia has maintained a sizable military presence in the Central Asian nation since the 1991 Soviet collapse. Tajikistan currently hosts a 5,000-strong Russian motorized infantry division and is also member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a six-nation regional security group led by Russia and China.
Russian dog Â Putin welcomed the U.S. forces deployment in the ex-Soviet Central Asia for invasion of peaceful and freedom-loving Islamic State of Afghanistan in 2001. Â However, Moscow later grew increasingly impatient about the U.S. presence in the strategically placed, resource-rich region as
U.S.-Russian ties have steadily deteriorated