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Russia denies aiding Taliban, rejects Ghani’s claim

Russia denies aiding Taliban, rejects Ghani’s claim

Oct 24, 2017 - 22:14

KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia has strongly rejected Afghan president’s allegation that Moscow supports the Afghan Taliban, a statement from the Russian Embassy in in Kabul said on Tuesday.

 “We have taken note of reports in some Afghan media of statements regarding Russia’s “support” for the Taliban movement by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during his recent trip to Paktia Province.”

Reacting strongly to the Afghan president statement, the Russian diplomatic mission said they considered such statements unacceptable by the head of a friendly state of Afghanistan.

The embassy statement recalled that Afghan officials had confirmed at different levels that such accusations against Moscow were groundless.

 “On the contrary, Moscow is rendering multiple forms of assistance to Kabul, including help in consolidating the combat capabilities of its national security forces.”

The statement said Russia was actively facilitating intra-Afghan dialogue with a view to establish peace and stability in the war-torn country as soon as possible.

It added Russia had urged Afghan leaders not to follow along with the anti-Russian hysteria fanned by some Western media.

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday accused Russia and Pakistan of supporting the Afghan Taliban who he said responded to his call for peace with suicide attacks.

Ghani, who travelled to southeastern Paktia province to condole with families of the victims of recent terrorist attacks, accused Pakistan and Russia of supporting the Taliban by providing them weapons, training and money.

The president said “every Talib should ask himself and the masses should ask the Taliban the one basic question to show a single problem which cannot be solved through dialogue.”

“The Taliban are accepting guns from those who have blood on their hand of 1.5 million Afghans.”