Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a meeting with students of the Far Eastern State University of Railways, commented on a 30-year-old photograph taken in Afghanistan. It is reported by TASS…
One of the students asked Shoigu about the picture in which he stands “with some Taliban.” “This picture was taken in Kabul. There are mujahideen on it next to me. We have not left yet, but they have already arrived, “the Defense Minister explained, noting that the radical Taliban (recognized as terrorist and prohibited in Russia) did not exist then.
Earlier on August 12, Shoigu described the current situation in Afghanistan as significantly more difficult than the situation after the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country in the late 1980s.
Currently, according to the European Union, 65 percent of the entire territory of Afghanistan has come under the control of the Taliban. In addition, the Taliban are threatening to take over 11 more cities in different provinces and are trying to cut off the country’s capital, Kabul, from official forces in the north.