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‘No different to the Taliban’: Russia’s envoy to Afghanistan


Ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov says the Taliban has made encouraging pledges and dismisses resistance efforts as doomed.

Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan has praised the conduct of the Taliban within the days since its takeover, saying there was no different to the hardline group and resistance to it could fail.

The feedback on Friday by Ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov mirror efforts by Russia to deepen already well-established ties with the Taliban whereas stopping quick, for now, of recognising them because the legit rulers of a rustic Moscow tried and failed to manage earlier than the Soviet Union withdrew its final forces in 1989.

Russia desires to make sure that the instability in Afghanistan doesn’t spill over into Central Asia, a part of the previous Soviet Union it regards as its personal again yard, and that the area doesn’t turn into a launchpad for different armed teams.

Talking to Reuters information company from Kabul by Zoom, Zhirnov stated the safety state of affairs within the capital was a lot better than it was earlier than the Taliban took management of it and spoke optimistically concerning the future.

“The temper in Kabul may be described as one in every of cautious hope,” stated Zhirnov.

“There was a foul regime which disappeared and individuals are hopeful. They are saying it could possibly’t be worse so it needs to be higher. However that is one other check for the Taliban to move. After they restore order, they need to begin bettering the socioeconomic state of affairs,” he stated.

Kabul has been largely calm, besides in and across the airport the place 12 folks have been killed since Sunday, NATO and Taliban officers stated.

Zhirnov’s feedback distinction sharply with these of some Western politicians and rights activists who’re deeply sceptical that the Taliban has moderated its violence in direction of these they see as incompatible with their nascent emirate ruled by strict Islamic legislation.

Zhirnov stated the details on the bottom had modified and the Taliban had made a set of encouraging pledges.

“We will’t wave actuality apart. They [the Taliban] are the de facto authorities. There is no such thing as a different to the Taliban in Afghanistan,” stated Zhirnov.

The son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, one of many predominant leaders of Afghanistan’s anti-Soviet resistance within the Nineteen Eighties, has pledged to carry out towards the Taliban from his stronghold within the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul.

Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh has additionally stated he’s in Afghanistan and the “legit caretaker president” after President Ashraf Ghani fled.

Zhirnov stated Saleh’s declaration violated the structure and that Panjshir-based makes an attempt to withstand the Taliban had been doomed.

“They haven’t any army prospects. There are usually not many individuals there. So far as we all know they’ve 7,000 armed folks. And so they have already got issues with gasoline. They tried to fly a helicopter however they haven’t any petrol and no provides,” he stated.

Zhirnov additionally questioned the concept the entire Afghans attempting to flee the nation had been doing so due to the Taliban.

“Many individuals now see this case … as a attainable ticket to a brand new life [in the West] and this is probably not associated to the Taliban,” he stated of the chaotic exodus.