Looks like Russia has an itch to save the world from Islamic terrorism. Historically, when Russia scratches others bleed.
The FSB, the Russian intelligence agency, is warning that Central Asia is at an increased risk of being invaded by the Taliban and Islamic State. Putin called for the Central Asian nations to act together to repel an IS attack.
Central Asia was part of the Russian Empire and later of the Soviet Union. It includes the “stans”. Millions of Russians and Ukranians still live in the area.
It would be rather convenient for Putin’s ambition to rebuild the Russian Empire if he had to go in and “help” Central Asia and/or protect ethnic Russians.
FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies on Wednesday that a concentration of Taliban fighters, some of whom had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, at Afghanistan’s northern border make the risk of invasion tangible.
Putin earlier this month called the situation in Afghanistan “close to critical” and called on other ex-Soviet nations to be prepared to act together to repel a possible attack.
But who cares, right?