The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, October 20, met with a delegation of the radical Taliban movement (recognized as terrorist and banned in the Russian Federation) in Moscow.
According to the head of the department, during the talks he managed to discuss with the Taliban the issue of forming a new government in Afghanistan. In addition, he stressed that Russia has already appreciated the measures taken by the movement to stabilize the situation in the country.
“The efforts undertaken by him (the Taliban government – Ed.) To stabilize the military-political situation, to improve the activities of the state apparatus,” Lavrov told reporters, noting that the change of power in Afghanistan should be considered a fait accompli.
The head of the Russian foreign ministry also added that during a meeting with representatives of the Taliban, he urged them to fulfill their promises that the territory of the state would not be used against third states.
The meeting was also attended by the Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov and the Russian ambassador to Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov, writes Gazeta.ru.
In turn, Acting Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban government Abdul Salam Hanafi said that the meeting in the Moscow format should play a big role in resolving the situation in the region. In addition, he called the meeting with Lavrov very productive.
The situation in Afghanistan escalated in May 2021 after the start of the withdrawal of American troops who had been in the country since 2001. Members of the movement launched an offensive on the country’s major cities and entered Kabul on August 15, announcing the end of the war.