A report by the US Department of Defense has shown that Russia has worked with the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan to speed up the withdrawal of US troops from the country.
“As of February, the Russian government worked with the Central, Regional, and Taliban governments to gain greater influence in Afghanistan, accelerate US military withdrawal, and address security challenges that could result from withdrawal. ” According to the report, which covers the period from December 2019 to May 2020.
“Russia has provided political support to the Taliban to strengthen its influence over the group, limit Western military presence and promote anti-Islamic state operations, despite the fact that Russia has publicly refused to participate,” added the report, which was reported on CNN television. .
In addition, Department of Defense work shows that Moscow supports the United States-Taliban agreement “in the hope” that reconciliation between the two parties will in the long term avoid a US military presence in the country.