Russia Sends Another Signal That It Sees Taliban As Valid Member Of Afghan Political Process

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Russia Sends Another Signal That It Sees Taliban As Valid Member Of Afghan Political Process

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On June 7, the Afghan government announced a weeklong ceasefire with the Taliban to coincide with the end of Ramadan. The announced ceasefire would start on June 12 and last through the Eid al-Fitr holiday, until June 19.

On June 9, the Taliban also announced a ceasefire with government forces over the Eid al-Fitr holiday. However, the Taliban-announced ceasefire will last for only three days. It also exludes foreign forces – the US and its NATO allies.

Despite the formal readiness of the sides to obey to the ceasefire terms, sporadic clashes between Taliban fighters and government troops continued throughout the country. For example, on June 10, the Taliban captured three checkpoints of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) in the district of Pur Chaman of the western province of Farah.

It’s important to note a Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the ceasefire initiative in Afghanistan, which the ministry released on June 8:

“We commend the decision of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to declare a temporary ceasefire in connection with the upcoming end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

We note that the temporary ceasefire was offered only to the Taliban, and does not extend to international terrorist groups, primarily, ISIS. We urge the Taliban to respond positively to this initiative, as this would be a step towards peace, and would allow the Afghan people to celebrate this holiday without having to fear for their lives or the lives of their loved ones.

We confirm our support for efforts to start peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the leaders of the Taliban movement for the sake of achieving national reconciliation in long-suffering Afghanistan and ending the fratricidal war.”

With this statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry has once again sent a signal that it recongizes the Taliban as a fully valid member of the Afghan political process and does not describe the movement as a terrorist group.

Previously, the mainstream media has repeatedly claimed that Russia is allegedly supplying weapons to the Taliban. SouthFront’s sources say that active political consultations are ongoing between the Taliban and the Russians. On more topic is joint actions to counter the ISIS expansion in the region.

It’s possible to suggest that in some separate cases Russia indeed may provide support to the Taliban supplying light weapons, ammunition, medicaments and other equipment.

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  • Expo Marker

    Glad to see Russia putting pieces together to end the eternal flame of the Afghan crisis. The US thinks winning means killing the most people, which explains why Afghanistan and Iraq were almost considered failed states to many.

  • Stephen

    Israeli and US barbaric forces have intruded in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan and are holding civilians hostage there. Depriving them of food, water, shelters and medicines.

    All civilized nations need to rescue these civilian hostages from Israeli and US brutalities and provide them food, water, shelters and medicines in emergency otherwise the death of these millions of hostages will be a great disaster. Each day Israeli and US barbaric forces shot to death 4 – 5 hostages by snipper rifles when they wanna leave the hostage areas.

    • Siegfried

      IF the Yanks are kept busy in Afghanistan, they cannot operate efficiently in IRAN, for example-;)..
      It’s not about some PEACE there,but to bring the Warlords on Russia’s side and fight the US+vassals troops. IRAN smirks very pleased, I guess

  • Siegfried

    ” Russia Sends Another Signal That It Sees Taliban As Valid Member Of Afghan Political Process ”

    “Peace-process”.. LMAO!

    All this hypocritical theater is to make Washington blow-up in rage (by TRUMP isn’t a problem, as we know) and TO KEEP US-troops there busy another decade or two in a senseless and expensive war, that cannot be won by the US-NATO Colonial troops.

    To make them bleed blood and money.and when their will have their moral flattened, to see them how they’ll take their tail between their legs one day and f*ck-off ashamed, like once Gorby’s Soviet troops run-out from there..

    In other words, Dr.Zbig’s Grand-Chessboard Russian Style=> well, Pentagon… how is it so when you get f*cked with your OWN “creation”? .. :)))

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” ;)..
    Very British, how I expected from that KGB-snake ;)

  • Stephen

    Trump is economic terrorist and is holding whole world population hostage……

    • Sinbad2

      Trump is insane, but that is great, because the psycho in chief is going to do the whole world a favour, and destroy the USA.
      All hail Trump, the killer of America.

      • M9 LEAFY

        yes, but i live in australia and australia going to go to war, f that

        • Sinbad2

          Well we shouldn’t, haven’t we sent enough of our young men to die in the wars of our masters?
          Time Australia grew up, we don’t need to be any country’s colony.

          • Joe Dirt

            China owns Aussie! lol hope you like eggrolls HAHAHAHAHA

          • Joe Dirt

            Hope you like hard labor camps, LOL China is about to own you Aussie bitches

          • Allan Greedspoon

            Great chance of that. With a gun ownership in similar proportion to the US(until recently), they would have to fight for every house, every park and every MacDonald’s restaurant before they would march Aussies into labor camps. Besides, the Chinese already own huge swathes of Australia, so why do they need to invade militarily?

          • Joe Dirt

            They invade to put Chinese people in Australia, duh

    • Joe Dirt

      You are just Trump’s little bitch! :D

  • Joe Dirt

    HHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Russia policy “if you can’t beat them join them” Russia gonna join the Taliban now!

    • Sinbad2

      Well the US overthrew the last real Government in Afghanistan, so the US could raise a terrorist army to attack the Soviet Union. After the US had achieved its goal of destroying the Soviet Union, the US lost interest, and out of the rubble and corruption the US created, the Taliban rose and defeated the American terrorist army.
      It would have stayed like that, if the Bechtel Corporation hadn’t decided to build a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to India. The US installed a puppet Government in Turkmenistan, and rather than pay transit fees to Afghanistan, it decided to invade.

      Bechtel still haven’t got their pipeline, and the cheapskates that own the USA, have finally realized, that maybe they are going to have to pay.

      In the 17 years that have passed, the US has stopped an Iranian pipeline, via threats etc, and promises that the US would defeat the Taliban, next year, so India and Pakistan could buy American gas, at a higher price.

      • Joe Dirt

        You sound like a nagging woman. “America this…America that…” US this…US that….”But the USA did this…..” You need a good bitch slap! :D

        Please try to change your argument next time the whole Big bad USA thing is getting really old….lol

        • Sinbad2

          Yeah, well leave my country alone, big mistake taking over my country, I will see you all burn in hell.

          • Joe Dirt

            keep it up keyboard warrior, you kept fight US tyranny from your mum’s basement in Australia, lol

  • Allan Greedspoon

    NATO is supplying advanced weapons to the Ukronazis, so why shouldn’t Russia supply weapons to the taliban, especially if they use them against ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan . .