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When speaking in Kazakhstan at a meeting of CIS Heads of State Council, Putin said the situation in Afghanistan was "close to critical" and called on other ex-Soviet nations to be prepared to act together to repel a possible attack, according to the report.
"Terrorists of all kinds are getting increasing clout and aren't hiding their plans of further expansion," Putin said in his remarks.
"One of their goals is to push into the Central Asian region. It's important that we are prepared to react to this scenario together," he said.
Afghanistan shares a porous border with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which has been a source of drugs coming into Russia and is a long-standing worry of Moscow's, as noted in the report.
The Russian president expressed his concern over the fact that people from Russia and other ex-Soviet nations are fighting alongside Islamic State militants..............
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Do I smell him giving it a second try in Afghanistan? Then thinks that ex-soviet countries fighting alongside ISIS?