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Russia Expressed Concerns over Deteriorating Status in Afghanistan

20 Mar 2019 Did Press Agency

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has recently noted a considerable aggravation of the military-political situation in Afghanistan.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has recently noted a considerable aggravation of the military-political situation in Afghanistan.

“Taliban members have staged a number of large-scale attacks on the military bases and checkpoints of the government forces. In another sensational terrorist attack, the ISIS terrorist group has fired a barrage of mortar rounds against participants in a commemorative event in Kabul on March 7 and wounded presidential candidate Latif Pedram,” said Zakharova in a statement.

“In turn, aviation units of the international coalition and Afghan government forces are trying not to reduce the intensity of air strikes in areas controlled by the armed opposition, and efforts are being made to maintain military pressure on the ground,” read the statement.

The Russian spokesperson emphasised that all this is taking place in conditions of continued talks between the United States and the Taliban on ways to end the armed standoff and to establish a peace settlement in Afghanistan.

“The media has even reported the conclusion of a preliminary agreement on the terms for withdrawing foreign troops from Afghanistan; however, this document’s paper version should yet be coordinated as well as approved,”

According to the statement, quite possibly, the warring parties are trying to bolster their arguments at the talks by stepping up military pressure.

“We believe that this option has no future, and that it does not facilitate the attainment of agreements,” she added.

“In our opinion, it directly serves to torpedo them, not to mention the fact that the continued war inflicts untold suffering on ordinary Afghans,”

Ms. Zakharova urged the warring parties in Afghanistan to cease the hostilities and to display their goodwill to the people of Afghanistan and their striving to achieve genuine peace.

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