As the West evacuates their embassies, the Russians’ more conciliatory strategy clashes in the midst of the chaos. The Russian ambassador in Kabul is due to meet the Taliban on Tuesday to discuss the security of the Russian embassy, whose evacuation is not envisaged. Already on Sunday, the Russians claimed to have received guarantees from the Taliban.
“The embassy is completely secure”, assured Zamir Kabulov, the Russian ambassador in Kabul, who would come almost not to regret the former Afghan power. “Under Ashraf Ghani there was a significant terrorist threat with five or six explosions per day in Kabul”, he said.
Avoid destabilization of the region
According to the Russian ambassador, the recognition or not by Russia of the new Afghan power “will depend on his actions”. But Moscow plans to maintain ties with the Taliban. And this is nothing new. In recent years, representatives of the Taliban have been received several times in Moscow, the aim being to avoid a destabilization of security at the gates of Russia.
“We are not enemies of the Taliban. Otherwise, they would not have dealt with us and guarantee the security of the Russian Embassy in Kabul,” decrypts Vladimir Sotnikov, political analyst at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “Yes, we have contacts, we made no secret of it. Russia is now assuming the role of leader in promoting a peaceful dialogue between Afghanistan – now the Taliban – and other major international partners.”
And Russia is not the only great power to be open towards the Taliban. To preserve its security and economic interests, China, which shares part of its border with Afghanistan, was the first country to say on Monday that it wanted to maintain “friendly relations” with the new Afghan power, in particular because of Chinese economic interests in the region.
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