Representatives of the Taliban group, banned in Russia, control more than half of the territory of Afghanistan. Such a statement on Thursday, July 29, was made by the special representative of the president of the Russian Federation for Afghanistan, director of the second department of Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Zamir Kabulov.
“In any case, this is more than half, this is unambiguous. According to American estimates, which they published, there are more than 200 counties from 417 Afghan counties, ”he said at a press conference in Moscow.
At the same time, as Kabulov noted, Russia does not think that the Taliban will completely capture Afghanistan. At the same time, Moscow is considering this scenario and is ready for it.
He also stressed that Russia is worried about the possible prospect that the terrorists of the “Islamic State” (the organization is banned in the Russian Federation) will be able to strengthen their positions in the north of Afghanistan against the background of the aggravation of the situation.
“We are worried about the possible prospect that ISIS and similar international terrorist groups will use the chaos that has arisen to strengthen their positions in northern Afghanistan to damage the security and stability of the Central Asian states,” Kabulov added.
The day before, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the United States mission in Afghanistan had failed. According to him, the situation in the country is rapidly degrading, practically out of control of the authorities, and the Taliban movement controls most of the territory of Afghanistan.
On July 27, Taliban militants cut off power to the Afghan capital, Kabul. It was clarified that the Taliban blew up a power line in the Kilagay district of Baghlan province. This affected the energy supply to Kabul. In addition, the Taliban took control of a number of points on the border with Tajikistan.
On July 24, US President Joe Biden and Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani agreed that the Taliban offensive contradicted the movement’s declared support for a political settlement in the country. The leaders expressed regret over the deaths of Afghans, the looting, burning of buildings and the destruction of infrastructure.
On July 22, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said that the north of Afghanistan is rapidly turning into a new hot spot, and this is one of the consequences of the withdrawal of US troops. Prior to that, on July 16, the head of the department, Sergei Lavrov, pointed to the degradation of the situation in Afghanistan. He stressed that with the departure of the American military, terrorist organizations have strengthened their positions in the region, and drug production has reached record heights.
The United States is currently withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, who have been in the country since 2001. The withdrawal of troops began in early May; it is planned to complete it by the end of August. Washington will leave about 1,000 troops in Kabul to guard diplomats and the airport.
Against this background, analysts and political scientists predicted a sharp deterioration in the situation in the country.