WSJ: US is interested in Putin’s proposal to use Russian bases in Asia
The Wall Street Journal found that senior US and Russian military officials were discussing whether the US military could use Russian military bases in Central Asia.
Sources of the publication claim that on September 22, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, raised this issue when he met in Finland with the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov. According to the WSJ, Gerasimov did not make any promises in this regard.
Mark Milli raised the issue at the request of the US President Joe Biden’s National Security Council. As Kommersant reported earlier , Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with Biden in June, proposed the joint use of Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. After that meeting, the United States decided to clarify whether Putin was simply expressing his point of view or hinting at a serious proposal.
As noted by The Wall Street Journal, after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the United States is looking for new opportunities to monitor and respond to terrorist threats in Afghanistan.