Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agree ceasefire

A Kyrgyz soldier during a military exercise

The conflict between the two countries intensifies.

(Photo: imago images/SNA)

Bishkek After the escalation of the conflict on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the two ex-Soviet republics have agreed on a ceasefire, according to Russian sources. This was reported by the state news agency Tass on Friday, citing the Kyrgyz border guard. At least three people were killed and 27 others injured in violent clashes that flared up again this week.

Both sides accused each other of attacking with heavy weapons on Friday. The Kyrgyz border guard said Tajik security forces had opened fire. Clashes broke out along the entire border.

The Tajik side also used tanks. Tajikistan in turn accused Kyrgyz forces of attacking a Tajik border post and seven villages with heavy weapons.

On the border between the two respectively with Russia Allied ex-Soviet republics, conflicts have repeatedly arisen in recent years. In view of the Ukraine war and the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has also flared up again, the current violence is under a different sign.

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Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon are both currently attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan.

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