Putin hopes the Taliban will be ‘civilised’, open to dialogue | Asia News

Putin hopes the Taliban will be ‘civilised’, open to dialogue | Asia News

The Russian president is treading fastidiously with the hardline group, which Moscow formally considers a ‘terrorist’ group.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated he hopes the Taliban will behave in a “civilised” method in Afghanistan so the world group can preserve diplomatic ties with Kabul.

“Russia is not interested in the disintegration of Afghanistan. If this happens, then there will be no one to talk to,” Putin stated on Friday.

He was talking at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s far japanese metropolis of Vladivostok.

“The sooner the Taliban will enter the family of civilised people, so to speak, the easier it will be to contact, communicate, and somehow influence and ask questions,” he added.

The longtime Russian chief stated the withdrawal of United States-led forces from Afghanistan accomplished final month had led to “catastrophe”.

“The Americans, very pragmatic people, spent more than $1.5 trillion on this campaign over the years, and what is the result? Zero. If you look at the number of people who have been abandoned in Afghanistan, (who) have been working for the collective West, the US and their allies, then it’s a humanitarian catastrophe as well.”

He went on to blast calls from US officers to reorient the nation in opposition to Russia and China after the Afghan withdrawal.

“Figure things out first with those with whom you have been at war for 20 years, and then talk about how you’re going to confront Russia and China,” Putin stated.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated his nation couldn’t absorb Afghan refugees who labored with the US due to “logistics” and what he described as “nuances and issues related to the sovereignty of Kazakhstan”. He didn’t go into particulars.

Russia’s cautious dealings with the Taliban

Putin has a observe report of criticising Western international locations for making an attempt to impose their values on non-Western nations and Moscow has frequently slammed US coverage in Afghanistan, which is now managed by the Taliban after its takeover.

Russia has trodden fastidiously in its dealings with the hardline group that swept to energy in Afghanistan final month.

Russia’s ambassador in Kabul met with representatives of the Taliban a number of days after the takeover and stated Moscow will preserve its embassy in the nation.

Last week, Putin stated Russia wouldn’t intrude in Afghanistan and that Moscow had discovered from the Soviet occupation of the nation. Moscow fought a 10-year warfare in Afghanistan that ended with the Soviet troops’ withdrawal in 1989.

While Moscow has been cautiously optimistic about the new management in Kabul, saying it will not meddle in home affairs, the Taliban remains to be registered as a “terrorist” organisation in Russia.

Russia not too long ago began evacuating its residents and people of a number of ex-Soviet states as the safety state of affairs in the nation worsened, and Moscow has warned about “extremist” teams utilizing the political turmoil to enter neighbouring international locations as refugees.

Putin specifically has complained about Western international locations making an attempt to place Afghan refugees in Central Asian states, fearing that “radical Islam” would spill over into the nations he’s pleasant with.

Afghanistan shares a border with three ex-Soviet states in Central Asia the place Russia holds navy bases.

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