Thanks to the brotherly relations of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan and their peoples, the Turkmen-Afghan border is the border of friendship and cooperation, the Press-Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan said in its Sunday press release refuting the media reports regarding deployment of Turkmen military to the border.
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, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry noted in the statement.
“In particular, RBC TV channel spread false information about the alleged deployment of Turkmenistan's military equipment and artillery to its border with Afghanistan,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan said, adding that this is “nothing but false information in the pursuit of cheap sensation.”
The Foreign Ministry’s Press-Service highlighted that, according to the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan, all military units, their personnel and military equipment at Ministry’s disposal remain 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 Turkmen Foreign Ministry noted.
“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,” the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said.
The Turkmen external policy agency emphasized that Turkmenistan stands for the search and implementation of political-diplomatic mechanisms and instruments to restore peace in the long-suffering Afghan land.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border is around 800 km in length and runs from the tripoint with Iran to the tripoint with Uzbekistan.