Putin Urges Kyrgyz and Tajik Leaders to Avoid Escalation Amid Border Tensions
11:43 GMT 18.09.2022 (Updated: 11:48 GMT 18.09.2022)
© AP Photo / Vladimir VoroninA Kyrgyz soldier gestures asking photographers stop shooting as others guard a road outside the village of Kok-Tash near Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, about 440 kilometers (275 miles) south-west of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Wednesday, May 5, 2021
© AP Photo / Vladimir Voronin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the presidents of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Sunday to avoid further escalation following two days of clashes along their border.
The Russian president held separate phone calls with Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyzstan and Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan to discuss the situation on their shared border, the Kremlin said.
"Vladimir Putin urged the sides to prevent further escalation and make efforts to promptly normalize the situation by peaceful political and diplomatic means alone," the statement read.
Putin also "confirmed Russia’s readiness to provide necessary assistance to ensure stability in the Kyrgyz-Tajik border area," the Kremlin added.
There are many non-delimited areas on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, and earlier this week large-scale clashes erupted in the region, with both sides blaming each other for the escalation. Both nations agreed a ceasefire on Friday night, but reports suggest that clashes have continued.