Moscow called the role of US forces in the country a “failure”
The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. “Unfortunately, in recent days, we have witnessed a rapid deterioration of the situation” in the Central Asian country, Lavrov declared in his speech at the plenary session of the Central and South Asia Conference dedicated to regional interconnection.
In the opinion of the head of Russian Diplomacy, such worsening is linked to the withdrawal from Afghanistan of US and NATO troops and expressed the fear that, in these circumstances, “instability will spread to neighboring states.” Likewise, Lavrov warned that the current crisis in Afghanistan “aggravates the terrorist threat and the problem of illicit drug trafficking, which has reached an unprecedented level.”
Later, during a press conference, the Russian Foreign Minister called the role of the US forces in Afghanistan a “failure”. “The Americans left, as President Joe Biden assured, because they considered their mission accomplished. Sure, he tried to present the situation in a positive light, but everyone understands that this mission has failed, “Lavrov said.
In his words, “the Americans could not cope with terrorism in Afghanistan, the positions of the Islamic State and Al Qaida have been strengthened in the country, and drug production covers 90 percent of all world drug trafficking.” The Russian minister also referred to the dialogue efforts to try to redirect the situation in the Central Asian country and achieve a lasting peace agreement.
In this regard, he pointed out that Moscow is not against Iran and India joining the negotiating “Troika” initially made up of China, the US and Russia, and later also Pakistan. “Such an extension would enrich the possibilities of this format,” Lavrov said.
Also present at the Tashkent Conference yesterday were, among others, the presidents of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, Ashraf Ghani and Shavkat Mirziyóyev, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the head of European Diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
Since the allied countries began to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in May, the Taliban have been advancing and cornering Afghan government forces. They already occupy most of the rural areas and maintain an ongoing offensive against the big cities. Zamir Kabulov, director of the second Asian department of the Russian Foreign Ministry and special envoy of President Vladimir Putin for Afghanistan, believes that the war may last two more months, but, in his opinion, “the Taliban will not be able to fully occupy the entire country.” , which will lead to a practically endless underground confrontation.