Russia sees enhanced security in Taliban gains in northern Afghanistan – Ifax | The powerful 790 KFGO
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia considers Taliban gains in northern Afghanistan to have a security advantage as the group is hostile to what Moscow sees as more dangerous Islamist extremists, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday , according to the Interfax news agency.
Taliban fighters have made major strides as US forces withdraw after 20 years of war, a headache for Moscow security that fears refugees will be pushed into its Central Asian backyard and destabilize its southern defensive flank.
But Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s special representative for Afghanistan, was quoted by Interfax on Tuesday as saying that the Taliban’s progress in northern Afghanistan also had security benefits for Russia’s allies in Central Asia like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Russia expressed concern over what it described as the growing strength of ISIS elements in northern Afghanistan, and Kabulov said the Taliban would at least try to tackle those elements. and defeat them.
“The fact that the Taliban are taking control of neighborhoods (in the north) has a positive aspect. Why? Because most of these (extremist) groups don’t focus on home affairs, but on Central Asia, Pakistan or Iran, ”Interfax quoted Kabulov at an event hosted by the Valdai discussion club. .
“The Talibs, who seize these neighborhoods, are their sworn enemies, and unlike the Afghan government, not to mention the Anglo-Saxons … the Talibs are fighting them and destroying them,” he reportedly said.
Kabulov also said that Russia had so far seen no evidence that the Taliban attempted to cross the border into Tajikistan or Uzbekistan.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn, editing by Tom Balmforth)