Following the sanctions Washington imposed on the country after the Taliban came to power in August, the Russian government demanded on Monday that the US stop politicizing humanitarian affairs in Afghanistan.
The head of the department for international organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Piotr Ilichov, has stressed that “the current deplorable situation is a direct consequence of 20 years of its irresponsible military” in the country and has called for funds to be recovered “as soon as possible” to thaw “for” Save the population from a major humanitarian catastrophe that would have devastating consequences on a regional and even global level.
“Russia will continue to urge Washington and its allies to end the politicization of humanitarian problems,” he said in an interview with the Russian news agency Sputnik, in which he warned against an expansion of drug trafficking and terrorism is growing rapidly. “
For this reason, Ilichov stressed that “it is vital for Afghanistan to regain access to funds seized from international accounts in order to effectively neutralize the challenges the country is facing” before recalling that International donors in September pledged $ 1,200 million (€ 1,060 million) to the country’s humanitarian organizations.
The Taliban denounced last week that the sanctions against Afghanistan after seizing power are “a punishment” for the people of the Asian country amid the worsening humanitarian crisis that has sparked international alert in the face of winter.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 22.8 million people in Afghanistan, out of a population of around 39 to 40 million, face hunger and food insecurity, while the World Food Program (WFP) estimates that at least one million children suffer from acute malnutrition.