“The Taliban control almost all of Afghanistan, this is the reality we are dealing with. We are working on the premise that the Taliban did not come to power to disintegrate the country.” Thus Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Kremlin in Moscow. “I hope the Taliban keep their promises,” he adds.
The Russian president stresses that it is “necessary to stop the irresponsible policy of imposing someone else’s values from the outside, the desire to build democracy from the outside according to someone else’s models, without taking into account historical, cultural and religious peculiarities, completely ignoring the traditions of the peoples “.
“We know Afghanistan very well – continues Putin – we know how this country is organized and how counterproductive it is to try to impose unusual forms of government and social life …. At the same time we see that the Taliban have already announced the end of hostilities. , have begun to deal with public safety for local residents and foreign diplomatic missions “.
The president stresses how important it is to avoid “the penetration of terrorists disguised as refugees” in neighboring countries.
In the conference, the topic related to the detention of Alexey Navalny, the opponent in prison for months, is touched upon. Merkel asked for the dissident’s release. Navalny “was not condemned for his political activity”, says Putin: “We want the evolution of Russian society, not revolutions”.