Mon. Oct 18th, 2021
Putin Warns West To Stop Meddling In Afghanistan's Affair

Putin Warns West To Stop Meddling In Afghanistan’s Affair

Vladimir Putin has demanded that countries not interfere in Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul, saying the west “must stop the irresponsible policy of imposing foreign values from abroad”.


In extended remarks, Putin said he hoped the Taliban would “guarantee the security of locals and foreign diplomats” and that the country would not break apart after the withdrawal of US-led forces.


“You can’t call it a success,” he said when asked about the US-led intervention in Afghanistan, which was launched in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC. “But it’s not in our interests right now to stand on this point and talk about this as a failure. We were interested in the situation in the country being stable.”

Putin Warns West To Stop Meddling In Afghanistan’s Affair

Putin Warns West To Stop Meddling In Afghanistan's Affair
Putin Warns West To Stop Meddling In Afghanistan’s Affair


Speaking at the Kremlin during a “farewell summit” with Angela Merkel, the outgoing German chancellor, Putin said he was worried that militants from Afghanistan would try to infiltrate nearby countries under the guise of refugees. Russia has held military exercises with Central Asian states and with China in recent weeks as concerns have grown that the Taliban’s return to power could lead to border clashes.


Putin attacked the west’s support for the previous Afghan government, saying it was counterproductive to try to “build democracy in other countries according to foreign templates”.


The remarks addressed a key dispute between Moscow and the west that has played out in the conflicts in Syria and Libya and even over protests in Russia itself, as Putin has accused the West of backing his opposition.


Regional powers such as Russia, China and especially Pakistan are expected to increase their influence in Afghanistan as the western coalition executes a hasty and chaotic withdrawal from the country. The Russian embassy has remained open and maintained contact with the Taliban as the militant group has assumed control for the first time since 2001.


Merkel has met with Putin more than 30 times over her 15 years as Germany’s leader and has lobbied vocally for maintaining a dialogue with Russia even as many other countries in Europe believe Putin can no longer be reasoned with.


During the press conference, she called on Russia to release the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in prison on a political conviction. Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok agent in a failed attempt on his life one year ago on Friday.


“I demanded the release of Alexei Navalny and emphasised that we will continue following this case,” Merkel said. On Friday the UK sanctioned seven members of Russia’s FSB security service accused of participating in the nerve agent attack.

Subhangee Guha

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