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Situation in Kabul underneath Taliban ‘higher’ than it was underneath Ghani govt: Russian envoy


According to the Russian ambassador, the scenario in Kabul is “calm and good”, the report mentioned.

Russia has mentioned that the scenario in Kabul underneath the Taliban is “better” than it was underneath the Ashraf Ghani-led Afghanistan authorities, in line with a media report, signalling Moscow’s obvious endorsement of the rebel group and an try to determine ties with the outfit, nonetheless formally designated a terrorist organisation within the nation.

Taliban insurgents seized Kabul on Sunday after a sudden and unprecedented collapse of the US-backed Ashraf Ghani authorities, prompting the embattled president to flee the nation.

“I judge by the first day of their control over Kabul. The impressions are good. The situation in Kabul is better now (under Taliban) than it was under Ashraf Ghani,” Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov was quoted as saying by Moscow’s Ekho Moskvy radio station on Monday.

According to the senior diplomat, the Taliban had been unarmed once they entered Kabul. In addition, they instantly promised to make sure the security of international diplomatic missions.

Mr. Zhirnov mentioned that on Monday morning the Taliban handed out hotline telephones to the inhabitants in order that if there are assaults by looters, criminals or bandits, they will name the Taliban.

“And then they come and settle the situation not in favour of crime,” he mentioned.

According to the Russian ambassador, the scenario in Kabul is “calm and good”, the report mentioned.

The Russian Supreme Court on February 14, 2003 declared the Taliban a terrorist organisation, in line with Russian information company TASS.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry in an announcement on Monday mentioned Moscow has established working contacts with Kabul’s new authorities as a way to guarantee safety of the Russian diplomatic missions.

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