Grushko: the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan has led to a sharp deterioration of the situation


MOSCOW, October 9. Too hasty withdrawal of the international forces on stabilisation led to a sharp deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan.

This was stated at a press conference Russia’s permanent representative to NATO Alexander Grushko.

“Something happened, about which we warned long ago. Too hasty withdrawal of the international forces on stabilisation led to a sharp deterioration of the situation in the area of security, he said. – There is a constant degradation of this landscape security.”

“We see not only the strengthening of the Taliban, but also, disturbingly, the penetration of the ISIL (the former name “Islamic state”) on Afghanistan, – the diplomat added . – According to prevailing estimates, about four thousand of the fighters are already in Afghanistan, and their ranks are growing”.

“Kunduz was a cold shower for everyone, it’s here in the headquarters (NATO), do not hide – said Grushko. – The city was taken sufficiently small force, and in a very difficult situation was national security forces. It is obvious that they cannot cope with the challenges without external assistance”.