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Afghanistan settlement a complicated issue, Putin tells US

15 May 2019 1TV News

2019-05-15 | 25 minute ago

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States on Tuesday that the settlement in Afghanistan is a complicated issue as the process itself is difficult.

Putin said this while meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

"On the issue of Afghanistan, the [Russian] president and the [US] secretary of state also noted rather good cooperation between specialists of our countries,” Putin’s aide Yury Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russian state news agency TASS. “Moreover, our president noted that settlement in Afghanistan is a rather complicated issue as the process itself is difficult.”

“At the same time, the positions of the Taliban [movement banned in Russia] are getting stronger. So we need to step up cooperation and try to achieve the balance of power in this country," he continued.

He said that Russia and the US should cooperate more actively on settlement in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Pompeo told reporters after talks with Putin that they were able to “make some truly constructive process points” on Afghanistan.

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