Staunton, June 26 – A major reason that border disputes in Central Asia are becoming more deadly is that the governments involved are buying weapons from other countries which are all too ready to sell. Among these is Kazakhstan which is currently selling weapons to both sides in the Kyrgyz-Tajik border dispute.
Tajikistan has doubled its defense budget over the last year. It justifies that by pointing to the threat of incursions by the Taliban from Afghanistan; but no one can guarantee that the weapons it is acquiring won’t be used in the border dispute with Kyrgyzstan. Indeed, observers say that is increasingly likely (stanradar.com/news/full/45287-nuzhno-li-vooruzhatsja-posle-konflikta-na-kyrgyzsko-tadzhikskoj-granitse.html