Russia ready to cooperate with Taliban, considers NATO as threat

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated National Security Paper describing Nato‘s expansion as a threat to the country. Two days earlier, Russian President’s special envoy to Afghanistan stated that his country was ready to cooperate with Taliban. After having expanded Russia’s territory into Ukraine and caused an ongoing war, and after strengthening his support to al Assad in Syria and bringing his country into another crisis with a Nato member and own ex-ally Turkey, the Russian President now declares Nato as threat to the Russian Federation, while his envoy to Afghanistan qualifies Nato actions as a “total failure” and calls for cooperation with Taliban.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

On December 29, while assessing the impact of the ISAF for Afghanistan (International Security Assistance Force), the Russian President’s special envoy , Zamir Kabulov, told Russian news Agency TASS that the U.S. NATO mission in Afghanistan had been a total failure.

“Assessing the results of the actions of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, it can be said that they have completely failed their mission”, Kabulov stated in an interview to a Russian news agency. He added that NATO campaign’s eventual aim of creating a “democratised central state'” by fighting terrorism did not succeed. According to Kabulov, Afghan governmental forces “show inability to affect the situation due to a lack of arms and equipment, as well as an insufficient level of training and low morale.”

Kabulov mentioned Russia’s support to Kaboul and its intention of “consistently lend[ing] comprehensive assistance” to central State. Russia supports the Afghan policy of national reconciliation and “is ready to be flexible over a potential easing of the UN Security Council’s sanctions regime against Taliban if it does not contradict the Afghan national interests,” Kabulov stated.

The special envoy also alleged that the National Reconciliation Policy supported by NATO would bring the Taliban back into the executive : “No one is talking today about achieving a victory by military means over the Taliban, while the implementation of the national reconciliation policy would in practice mean their return to power”.

“I have already said earlier that we and the Taliban have channels for exchanging information,” Kabulov added, in remarks reported by Interfax and confirmed to The Washington Post by a ministry spokesman.

The Russian President signed a national security paper alleging that Russia’s “independent domestic and foreign policy” compelled the U.S and its allies to “counter-action’, describing these countries as imperialist powers threatening Russia from all sides. Putin brought back memories of the Cold War when Stalin put forward American Imperalism as a reason to buil a united ‘independent socialist’ front. Its seems that the Russian President wants to be considered by the US as an equal partner by maintaining its influence in Central Asia and Eastern Mediterranean, hence reinforcing its negotiation power with Europe as well.

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