On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the international community to prevent a “collapse” in Afghanistan after taking control of the Taliban.
“The Taliban control almost the entire country,” he told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Kremlin.
“These are the realities, and we must continue to do so to prevent the collapse of the Afghan state,” he added.
Both leaders said that Afghanistan was at the forefront of the outgoing German leader’s last working visit to Russia.
Putin also criticized the “irresponsible policy” of enforcing “external values” in war-torn Afghanistan.
“You can not impose standards of political life and behavior on other people outside,” Putin said.
The Russian president also stressed the importance of preventing “terrorists” from entering neighboring countries from Afghanistan, including “under the guise of refugees”.
Moscow has been cautiously optimistic about the new leadership in Kabul and seeks contact with terrorists in an attempt to prevent the instability that is spreading to the former Soviet states in the neighboring country.
In recent years, the Kremlin has addressed the Taliban – which is banned in Russia as an “extremist” group – and has hosted its representatives in Moscow several times, most recently last month.
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