Tajik president Imomali Rahmonov conferred on September 27 in Moscow with Defense Minister Igor Sergeev and Federal Security Service (FSB) director Nikolai Kovalev. They discussed the political situation in Tajikistan, "technical-military cooperation" between Russia and the Tajik government, and the implementation of military provisions of the inter-Tajik peace agreement signed on June 28 in Moscow. Rahmonov and Sergeev additionally considered "broadening the peacekeeping troops’ functions against the background of the peace agreements signed in June." Rahmonov asserted that the peace agreements are being implemented with the cooperation of the opposition. (Russian agencies, September 27-28)
The agenda highlights continuing Russian military support for the Dushanbe government against the opposition, notwithstanding Moscow’s effort to portray itself as an even-handed mediator and the peace agreements as equitable.
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