The Russian foreign Ministry believe false statements to the U.S. that Russia supplies the insurgents, not the Taliban in Afghanistan. This was stated by the special representative of the President, the head of the second Asia Department at the Russian foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov, transfer “RIA Novosti”.
The day before, on March 23, U.S. army General and commander in chief of the United NATO forces in Europe Curtis Scaparotti said that Russia has increased its cooperation with the Taliban, Reuters reported. “As far as I can see, the last time Russia’s influence on the Taliban has increased relations with the Taliban and, possibly, supply them,” said Curtis during a hearing in the U.S. Senate. Scaparotti did not specify what kind of material support could be supplied by Russia to the Taliban and what is the extent of direct participation of Moscow.
Kabulov called the allegation completely false and stated that the foreign Ministry has repeatedly responded to such statements. According to him, this assumption “does not even deserve any reaction,” since “are fabrications” intended to justify the failure of American military and politicians in the Afghan campaign”.
The foreign Ministry explained the words of General of the army of the United States about Moscow’s supplies to the militants of the movement “Taliban” failure of the American campaign in Afghanistan.
According to estimates of the US army, now the Americans control less than 60% of Afghanistan. While about half the territory they control flare up pockets of resistance on the part of the rebels, who seek to bring Sharia law, Reuters reported. According to the commander of the U.S. army in Afghanistan John Nicholson, the United States was in a “deadlock situation” and need the help of the international coalition under NATO leadership.
Representatives of the movement “Taliban told Reuters that on a regular basis in contact with Moscow since at least 2007, however, explained that this participation did not go beyond the “moral and political support.”
The Islamist Taliban movement emerged in Afghanistan among the Pashtuns in 1994. Recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN Security Council in 2003.