Russia on Friday stated that the United States had failed in its mission in Afghanistan and blamed the withdrawal of overseas forces for the war-torn nation’s quickly deteriorating stability.
Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have capitalized on the final phases of the withdrawal of overseas troops to launch offensives, capturing a swath of districts and border crossings, and encircling provincial capitals.
The White House had tried to color the drawdown of overseas troops in “essentially the most optimistic colours”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Friday.
“But everybody understands that the mission failed,” he advised reporters at a convention in Uzbekistan attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Lavrov earlier blamed the “hasty withdrawal” of US and NATO troops worsening safety in Afghanistan and warned of spreading instability to neighboring nations.
“In latest days we have now sadly seen a fast deterioration of the state of affairs in Afghanistan,” he stated in feedback carried by Russian information businesses.
“In mild of the hasty withdrawal of the US and NATO troops, there may be big uncertainty round the way forward for the political and army state of affairs on this nation,” he advised reporters.
Russia hosted Taliban representatives in Moscow final week, the place the rebel group claimed to have management over about 85 p.c of Afghanistan.
Moscow is intently watching the Taliban’s advance and anxious in regards to the potential for instability reaching neighboring ex-Soviet Central Asian nations the place Russia maintains army bases.
Lavrov stated the disaster had elevated the specter of terrorism and worsened issues surrounding drug trafficking, which he stated had reached “an unprecedented degree”.
“It’s clear that, on this state of affairs, there’s a actual danger of spreading instability to neighboring nations,” he stated in Tashkent, in line with Russian information company TASS.
Earlier this week, ex-Soviet Tajikistan stated almost 350 Afghan refugees had crossed its border fleeing Taliban advances.
Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon carried out inspections at border guard posts on Friday, having earlier referred to as up 20,000 reservists to bolster defenses alongside the nation’s shared border with Afghanistan.
Russia’s protection ministry stated this week it was staging army drills in Tajikistan the place it has a base geared toward buttressing border safety with Afghanistan.
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