Moscow is not in a hurry to recognise the new leadership in Afghanistan and does not plan to remove the Taliban* from its terror list, according to Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Syromolotov.
Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Syromolotov has told Sputnik that sending troops to Afghanistan, recently seized by the Taliban, is not in Moscow’s interests, adding that the terrorist organisation does not need anybody’s military support.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that negotiations between the Taliban and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had begun. Lavrov also noted the security situation in Russia depended on the developments in Central Asia.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reportedly push US President Joe Biden during Tuesday’s G7 virtual meeting to delay the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in order to ease pressure on the Kabul International Airport.
Biden told reporters on 22 August that discussions were underway with US military officials about possibly extending the Afghanistan evacuation mission beyond the 31 August deadline.
On 15 August, the Taliban entered Kabul, prompting the US-supported civilian government to collapse. Ashraf Ghani resigned as president and fled the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed if the militants stormed the city.