This week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Russia of supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“Russia is really delivering weapons to the Taliban and this, of course, is a violation of international norms and a violation of UN Security Council rules. We would have opposed and would have shown to Russia (that this is wrong). If anyone wants to deliver weapons, he has to do it through the Afghan government,” he told journalists.
Tillerson made the statement after President Donald Trump announced the increase of US military presence in Afghanistan and the dropping deadlines to end the war.
“The Taliban will not defeat us on the battlefield. It is also possible for us not to be able to overcome them. So at some point we will have to sit down at the negotiating table,” Tillerson said.
Russia has repeatedly denied the US accusations of supplying any weapons to the Taliban. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the new US strategy a dead-end.
“The main emphasis in the new strategy, which was announced by Washington, is made on settlement through use of force,” Lavrov said. “We believe that it’s a dead-end approach.”