Sergey Lavrov: Situation in Afghanistan ‘Collapsed’ After US Troop Withdrawal

The situation in Afghanistan “collapsed” after the hasty withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country, according to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in his speech at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Sputnik reports. 

In the minister’s opinion, this outcome clearly shows the importance of cooperation between western nations and Russia in terms of resolving global conflicts and crises. Lavrov stressed that Russia does not plan to communicate with purely terrorist groups in Afghanistan. However, he noted that the Taliban has a political wing.

It is noted that while officials from several western countries described the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as a mistake, Joe Biden defended the move in his 16 August address claiming that even 20 more years of deployment wouldn’t have changed the situation in the country. He also stressed that the US soldiers went to Afghanistan not with the goal of nation-building, but with the aim of preventing new terrorist attacks against the US after 9/11.

Ru-Main, 17.08.2021 

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