Russia accuses NATO of “fueling” the situation in Asia after leaving Afghanistan

The Russian government accused NATO on Tuesday of “deliberately heating up” the situation in Asia after its withdrawal from Afghanistan and stressed that it wanted to “undermine existing mechanisms of intergovernmental interaction”.

“One sees the desire of the Atlantic Alliance after (the withdrawal of troops from) Afghanistan to redistribute the troops to other areas of the region, be it Central Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia, and at the same time to send Afghan refugees to these regions,” said the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russia accuses NATO of “fueling” the situation in Asia after leaving Afghanistan
Russia accuses NATO of “fueling” the situation in Asia after leaving Afghanistan

The Russian minister also stressed the importance of doing everything possible to prevent weapons and military equipment that NATO has left behind in the Asian country from being used for “destructive purposes,” according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

Lavrov’s words came days after the Kremlin said NATO’s actions leave “no illusions” about normalization of relations after the bloc expelled eight diplomats from the Russian mission to the alliance for alleged links to “hostile activities” had announced.

“These actions leave us under no illusions about the possibility of normalizing relations and resuming dialogue with NATO,” said Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov, stressing that these actions “tend to completely undermine these prospects.”

NATO and US forces withdrew from Afghanistan as the Taliban made territorial advances, which finally took power in mid-August after taking Kabul abroad hours after then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad.

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