People walk along the street as a motorcade ferrying U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry drives past on November 3, 2015 in Dushanbe. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Russia is worried by "terrorists" massing along the borders of the post-Soviet CIS group of states, but re-establishing Moscow's control over the border with Afghanistan "is not on the agenda", a senior official said Thursday.On Thursday, the coordinator of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) border guard services said there was no such plan.Speaking on the sidelines of a CIS border guards' council, Manilov said their estimates showed that "around 4,500 militants and terrorists" had massed near the CIS in Afghanistan's border areas.Russia has its 6,000-strong Base 201 in Tajikistan, Moscow's biggest deployment of land troops abroad.The two volatile nations will receive more military assistance within the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (ODKB) in which they participate, Manilov said.
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