Russian, Tajik frontier guards can safely defend border

Vladimir Pronichev, head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) frontier service, will meet with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmonov on Friday as part of his working visit to Tajikistan.

Joint defense of the border will be in focus of their negotiations.

"International terrorism is the main threat at the Tajik-Afghan border which Russia's FSB frontier service units guard," said Pronichev.

On Thursday, Pronichev flew around the Pamir section of the Tajik-Afghan border. He visited the Khorog and Ishkashim frontier guard detachments, met with their personnel and inspected the border. "FSB frontier service personnel is completely ready to accomplish the tasks set," said Pronichev.

According to him, the situation at the Tajik-Afghan border needs to be assessed, and Russia and Tajikistan should map out ways to co-operate further with each other on confining the existing threats.

"At present, earlier Tajik-Afghan border agreements need to be amended," he said.

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