“Freedom and democracy cannot be separated from the culture and traditions of a particular nation. The United States has interfered in Afghan affairs with complete disregard for the traditions, culture and history of the Afghan people. The result has been tragic.” Putin said at the plenary session of the Russian Energy Week forum in Moscow.
The head of the Kremlin announced this only a few days before Russia will host members of the new Afghan government led by the radical Taliban movement in negotiations on the future of Afghanistan. However, Putin did not mention the invasion of the former Soviet Union into Afghanistan from 1979-1989, which aimed to support the communist government in Kabul, notes RFE / RL. After the departure of the Soviets, Afghanistan fell into chaos and civil war. Subsequently, in the mid-1990s, the Taliban took control of the country for the first time.
Moscow was also a silent supporter of the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, depriving Washington of the use of bases in Central Asia as well as Russian supply routes. The United States withdrew its troops from the country in August 2021, almost 20 years after the invasion, and the Taliban regained power – Islamists occupied the capital Kabul and the pro-Western Afghan government fell.
Russia is now trying to take advantage of the Americans’ departure from Afghanistan and build relations with the new government in Kabul, despite calling the Taliban a terrorist group.