There is actually more noise around the statements of US President Donald Trump about the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and they have little effect on the situation “on the ground”. This was announced on November 18 by the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Afghanistan, director of the second Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov.
“This is being served tendentiously <...> Still, Trump is going to withdraw the troops, but not everything, as previously stated, 2.5 thousand remain. And those interested, shall we say, persons in Kabul retain the hope that later, when (Joe) Biden takes office, he will be able to cancel all this, “he quotes.RIA News“.
At the same time, Kabulov does not consider NATO’s statements about the undermining of the security situation in Afghanistan as a result of US actions to be justified. In his opinion, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg should be asked whether the presence of the alliance has improved the situation in the region.
“It all happened in their presence, so let them take a close look at themselves in the mirror,” Kabulov stressed.
Earlier, on November 17, the acting US Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said that the US authorities intend to leave only 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15.
It is noted that the United States currently has approximately 4.5 thousand troops in Afghanistan and more than 3 thousand in Iraq.
On October 7, Trump announced that American troops remaining in Afghanistan would return to US soil by Christmas.
In August, the American leader announced that he intends to leave about 4,000 US soldiers in Afghanistan. At the same time, the American leader did not specify the date.
On July 15, the US Department of Defense officially confirmed the withdrawal of American forces from five military bases in Afghanistan.
At the beginning of the year, the United States and the Taliban movement banned in Russia signed a peace agreement, according to which the American side was to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan from 12 thousand to 8.6 thousand people within 135 days, and then continue the withdrawal of its military contingent and NATO forces for 14 months.
The military operation in Afghanistan has been going on since October 2001. At the peak of the campaign in 2010-2013, the number of Western forces in this country exceeded 150 thousand. The main combat forces of the United States and NATO were withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2014.