Security Council Secretary Patrushev suggested when the US leaves Afghanistan

The United States should decide the timing of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, while Russia will welcome Washington’s real steps to end the internal political conflict in this country as soon as possible, said Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in an interview with Argumenty i Fakty.

Security Council Secretary Patrushev suggested when the US leaves Afghanistan

“The stay of American troops in Afghanistan is now legitimate. When and how much to withdraw their military contingent, the United States must determine. And we proceed from the fact that the withdrawal of troops should not lead to further degradation of the situation in this country, which may create additional challenges for the entire region”, – he said.

Nikolai Patrushev noted that Russia would only welcome the real steps taken by the Americans to end the Afghan domestic political conflict as soon as possible in order to stop the bloodshed and start a dialogue on the post-war reconstruction of the country. In addition, the Russian Federation will continue to take consistent steps aimed at assisting the Afghan people in resolving the situation.

“It is for this purpose that our country participates in six-way consultations at the level of secretaries of the security councils of Russia, Afghanistan, India, Iran, China and Pakistan on Afghan issues, as well as in a number of other multilateral mechanisms”, – he added.

Patrushev also emphasized that there are “many questions” to the NATO-led “Decisive Support” mission led by Washington, and its goals and objectives remain unfulfilled, and the Afghan National Security Forces, despite the billions of dollars spent by the Americans on their training, “can’t cope with maintaining security in country”.

At the same time, Afghanistan “confidently maintains the status of the world’s largest producer and supplier of opiates, providing more than 80% of their illegal turnover in the world”.

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