The State Duma ratified the Tajik-Russian agreement on cooperation on border issues

[How can this possibly work out?  Will the Russians have to work under American border post control?  (SEE:  American Ambassador’s Remarks At 7th Tajik Border Post Opening Ceremony).]

The State Duma ratified the Tajik-Russian agreement on cooperation on border issues

Payrav Chorshanbiyev

Russian State Duma ratified an agreement between Russia and Tajikistan on cooperation on border issues was signed September 2, 2011 in Dushanbe, the official website of the State Duma.

For the adoption of the bill voted 447 deputies. In presenting the document at the plenary session of the lower chamber of Russian parliament deputy director – head of the Border Service of Federal Security Service Vladimir Pronichev said that the agreement “preserves the Russian presence in Tajikistan as part of cross-border cooperation.”

According to him, the implementation of the agreement will not lead to additional costs from the federal budget.

Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky explained that “the cooperation extended to the entire perimeter of the border.”

Provided for the participation of Russian representatives in the improvement of state border protection, border security, operational security, training and expertise to the border authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The agreement governs the joint fight against terrorism, religious extremism, illegal circulation of weapons, narcotics and psychotropic substances.

According to Slutsky, the document meets Russia’s interests.