Representatives of the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) confirmed that not a single Russian diplomat in Afghanistan would be harmed. They also stated that the Taliban were already providing security for the Russian embassy instead of the departed Afghan military, TASS reported with reference to the Russian Ambassador to Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov.
“Our embassy is already guarded by the Taliban. Today the surrender took place: the Afghan military, the military of the Afghan National Security Forces who were guarding us, have gone. Now the Taliban have come. They reaffirmed once again that not a single hair will fall from Russian heads, that you can work in peace,” Zhirnov said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.
It is reminded that the situation in Afghanistan has become especially aggravated in recent weeks, with the Taliban attacking large cities. On Sunday, August 15, the mass media reported that the rebels were in control of all border crossings. Later that day, the Taliban had entered Kabul and taken control of the presidential palace.
The Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said that the seizure of the capital of Afghanistan was to a certain extent a surprise for the Russian side that relied on more optimistic assessments of the combat readiness of government troops. As Kabulov clarifies today, on August 16, “tomorrow they will discuss the details with the ambassador for a longer-term”.
“In general, the situation is absolutely calm, surprisingly. Today the main forces of the Taliban peacefully, calmly entered Kabul. Prior to that, the top leadership of the Taliban issued a warning to all their detachments: not to offend the population, not to enter houses, not to touch, to maintain order. Moreover, the day before its arrival, the Taliban leadership said to the Afghan Ministry of Defence to ensure security in the city,” Kabulov said.
The special envoy advises the Russians to stay calm and not leave their homes unnecessarily until the situation in the country becomes clear.