Russia Says Kabul Seems Safer Under Taliban Than It Was Under Ghani

Russia Says Kabul Seems Safer Under Taliban Than It Was Under Ghani

Andrew H. Sweet

Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan praised the Taliban's conduct and said the group, still officially designated a terrorist organization in Russia, had made Kabul safer.

Ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov's comments reflect an undisguised effort by Russia to deepen its well-established ties with the Taliban while stopping short, for now, of recognizing the hardline Islamist group as the legitimate rulers.

In line with earlier agreements, the Taliban had promised to protect Russian diplomats, he said, saying Western fears about their behavior had so far not been borne out.

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