Russian Taliban Relations: Kremlin says Russia will not take part in Afghan government inauguration
Just before the formal announcement of the new government in Afghanistan, Russia has dealt a big blow to the Taliban. The Kremlin, the office of the Russian President, has said that Russia will not participate in any way in the opening ceremony of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. But Russia’s ambassador for the Afghan talks, Dmitry Zhirnov, said he would attend. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined to confirm the date of the inauguration of the Taliban government. Several Russian media reports have claimed that the Taliban is preparing to announce its government on September 11.
Russia shunning Taliban
The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said earlier this week that Russia would be represented at the inauguration of the Taliban government through ambassador-level officials, the RIA news agency reported. However, it is now clear that seeing the presence of many dreaded terrorists in the Taliban government, Russia has started to distance itself.
No plans to talk to Taliban
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said the Russian Federation was not planning to hold talks with the Taliban. Peskov said he had contacted the Taliban through his embassy because it was necessary for the safety of diplomatic staff stationed in the war-torn country and also for other technical issues. Earlier, Vladimir Putin himself said that he was not going to close or move the Russian embassy in Kabul.
Russia alert to Taliban threat
Asked about security threats from the Taliban, Peskov pointed to drug trafficking and terrorist infiltration. It is noteworthy that for years, opium cultivation has been the biggest source of income for the Taliban. According to the report, 60 percent of the Taliban’s total income comes from the cultivation of opium and other drugs. However, the Taliban has always denied this.
14 terrorists out of 33 Taliban ministers
There are 14 terrorists in the new interim government of 33 cabinet ministers of the Taliban. There is zero participation of women in the Taliban government. There is no representation of non-Talibans. However, Mulla Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who destroyed the statues of Lord Buddha in Bamiyan, has been made the Prime Minister. Making Sirajuddin Haqqani of terrorist organization Haqqani network the Home Minister is the biggest tension for India. Mullah Yakub, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has been made defense minister.
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