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Russia offered U.S. use of Central Asia bases for Afghan intel – paper

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin in June offered U.S. counterpart Joe Biden the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia for information gathering from Afghanistan, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Saturday, as American troops leave the country. Taliban fighters have made major advances as U.S. forces pull out after 20 years of war, a security headache for Moscow which fears refugees may be pushed into its Central Asian backyard and its southern defensive flank destabilised. In a rare offer during a period of frosty relations between Washington and Moscow, Putin proposed at…

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