Moscow, 19 September 2022 (TDI): The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin made a telephonic call to the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, and the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon.

During the call, Vladimir Putin spoke with the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan about the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

The call was intended to discuss the ongoing issue at the border of the two countries, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. President of Russia, Vladimir Putin urged his counterparts to take action to stop the situation from worsening.

Further, he asked them to swiftly resolve it by using only diplomatic and political means. In addition, he reaffirmed Russia’s willingness to offer the necessary support to ensure stability in the Kyrgyz-Tajik border regions. The leaders decided to stay in touch.

Also, read: Afghanistan statement on Kyrgyz-Tajik Conflict

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan border dispute

From September 14 to September 16, the former Soviet republics engaged in border conflict fighting. They accused one another of using tanks, mortars, rocket artillery, and assault drones to target outposts and nearby communities.

A truce between the two sides was reached on September 16 as their mutual ally Russia advocated de-escalation. It has been mainly held up despite occasional purported instances of shelling.

Moreover, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan announced on Sunday, September 18, 2022, that approximately 100 people had died in their border battle.

The Government ofΒ  Kyrgyzstan said it evacuated about 137,000 people from the conflict area. In addition, The government also declared Sept. 19 a day of mourning for the victims.

Both nations have a border with China, while Tajikistan further shares a lengthy border with Afghanistan. Large portions of the boundary between the two former Soviet states remain up for debate.

Earlier, a three-day conflict also occurred between the two countries in April 2021. More than 50 people died in those clashes, raising the possibility of a wider war.