Russia Expresses Concern Over External Interference in Afghanistan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced deep concerns over attempts by non-regional actors to escalate their involvement in and around Afghanistan.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Russia Expresses Concern Over External Interference in Afghanistan
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In a recently held Moscow format consultation on Afghanistan in Kazan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced deep concerns over attempts by non-regional actors to escalate their involvement in and around Afghanistan.

"We are concerned about the attempts of extra-regional players to become more active in the Afghan direction," said Lavrov in a written statement. The message was delivered by the Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

Kabulov also holds the position of director of the Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department.

Moscow Calls for Accountability on Afghanistan's Turmoil

Lavrov's sentiments, echoing Moscow's long-standing apprehension, underline the delicacy and volatility of the Afghan situation, even as regional players grapple with the unfolding dynamics post the withdrawal of international troops.

NATO's Role and the Call for Western Accountability

In his address, Lavrov also emphasized the importance of a united effort between regional countries and NATO member states in Afghanistan. However, he stipulated that such a collaboration would be feasible only if NATO nations fully recognize and accept their responsibility for the "baleful results of their 20-year military presence in Afghanistan, which ended in a complete fiasco." Drawing attention to the repercussions of the Western military intervention in Afghanistan, Lavrov argued that the Western countries, having caused considerable damage to Afghanistan and its populace, should bear the primary responsibility for the nation's post-conflict reconstruction.

He further highlighted the implications of certain policy decisions, particularly singling out Washington. "In this regard, Washington's freezing of Afghan bank assets is counterproductive and only escalates the situation and complicates the already difficult living conditions of ordinary Afghans," Lavrov opined.

The statements come at a critical juncture, with Afghanistan navigating through tumultuous times and regional players closely monitoring the influence of non-regional entities. As international diplomacy continues to shape the future of Afghanistan, Lavrov's statements underscore Russia's standpoint and its call for collective responsibility and constructive intervention.

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