The Russian Foreign Ministry said that does not rule out that ISIS and other terrorist organizations’ militants will cross the borders of states adjacent to Afghanistan, including under the guise of refugees, deputy head of the department Igor Morgulov said.
“The threat from the territory of Afghanistan still remains. <…> It is unlikely that under the current conditions the ISIS will lay down their arms and abandon the idea of building a world caliphate,” he said.
On August 26, an explosion thundered near the airport in Kabul, which, according to media reports, killed almost 200 people, including the US military.
The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. On the night of August 31, the Pentagon announced the completion of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the end of the 20-year mission in this country.
The airport in Kabul, from where the evacuation of foreigners and Afghans collaborating with them was carried out, came under the control of the Taliban.
On the night of August 31, the US military left the Kabul airport, ending the US military presence in the country. The capital’s airport came under the control of the Taliban. A spokesman for the movement, Zabiullah Mujahid said that the United States were defeated and did not achieve their goals in Afghanistan.
The militants captured almost the entire territory of the country. The only province not under their control is Panjshir. The leader of the Afghan Resistance Front, Ahmad Massoud, said that the fight against the Taliban would end if they create an inclusive government and ensure respect for civil rights.
At the same time, according to a RIA Novosti source, consultations on the formation of a new Afghan government have ended, and representatives of the Taliban have taken key positions.
According to US media, initially, Russia’s response to the Taliban’s insurgence appeared to celebrate the defeat of the American-backed and trained Afghan government, as well as the U.S. departure.
Russia’s ambassador to Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, praised the Taliban’s conduct and said the group had helped to make the Afghan capital safer in the first 24 hours after the U.S. exit. This is despite Russia officially recognizing the Taliban as a terrorist organization.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said he hopes the Taliban will deliver on assurances that they will restore order, saying it is important not to allow terrorists to enter neighboring countries.
Still, though, Moscow has reinforced its military base in Tajikistan, a country that shares an 843-mile border with Afghanistan, where it is holding a month of military exercises.
There also comes the question of refugees, and the biggest concern of terrorist elements being able to enter Central Asia and Russia.
Putin has slammed the idea that some Western countries are looking to relocate refugees from Afghanistan in Central Asia while their visas to the U.S. and the European Union are being processed.
“Does that mean that they can be sent without visas to those countries, to our neighbours, while they themselves [the West] don’t want to take them without visas?” Putin said, Russian news agencies reported last week. “Why is there such a humiliating approach to solving the problem?”
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