By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Turkmenistan rejected media reports on deployment of military equipment along the border with Afghanistan.
Turkemen Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said yesterday that in recent days, a number of Russian media outlets have been spreading unproven and plainly biased reports about the situation on the Turkmen-Afghan border. “In particular, RBC TV channel spread untrue information about the alleged deployment of Turkmenistan’s military equipment and artillery to the border with Afghanistan, which means nothing but false information in the pursuit of cheap sensation,” the statement added.
“In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan declares that thanks to the brotherly relations of the two neighboring states and their peoples, the Turkmen-Afghan border is the border of friendship and cooperation,” the statement further said.
According to Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan, all military units, their personnel and military equipment at Ministry’s disposal are remaining in the place of permanent basing and continue to carry out planned training in accordance with the program.
“In accordance with the old traditions of good-neighborliness, and with strict adherence to the inviolable principles of the international law and obligations enshrined in bilateral agreements, Turkmenistan is committed to maintaining and strengthening peace-loving and good-neighborly relations with the fraternal Afghanistan.”
The statement added: “The Turkmen side was and remains committed to objectivity and honesty in the media space, to dissemination of only verified and thoroughly weighted information. This is extremely important under the current conditions of actualization of a number of aspects of international affairs, including the issues of peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. Turkmenistan stands for the search and implementation of political-diplomatic mechanisms and instruments to restore peace in the long-suffering Afghan land.”