Moscow: Russia’s efforts may return peace, stability in Afghanistan, says Hamid Karzai


KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai met Russian foreign minister at the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International Security held under the title of ‘counter-terrorism’, his office said. “Karzai met with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, discussing the situation of Afghanistan and the region,” Karzai’s office said in a statement. The former president appreciated Russian Federation for cooperating with Afghanistan, ...

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Russia reacts at alleged support to the Afghan Taliban


KABUL: The Embassy of Russia in Kabul has reacted towards the remarks of the Afghan officials regarding the alleged support of Moscow to the Taliban group. According to a statement by the Russian Embassy, some senior Afghan officials are accusing Russia of supporting the Taliban group, emphasizing that such allegations are made without any proof or evidence. The growing frustrations ...

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Putin believes Syrian army has no chemical weapons


The President of Russia regards the US airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext. The Syrian Army has no chemical weapons. The fact of the destruction of all Syrian chemical weapons’ stockpiles has been recorded and verified by the OPCW, a specialised UN body. Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation. This move by Washington [the US airstrike ...

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President Ghani reacts at Russia bombing saying combined efforts must to defeat terrorism


KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in reaction to St Petersburg bombing in Russia has said combined efforts are must to defeat terrorism. Condemning the bombing in strongest terms, President Ghani said the Afghan nation can feel the pain of the incident more than anyone else since the Afghan people have long been suffering and are victims of terrorism. Calling terrorism ...

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Russia supports Taliban’s call for withdrawal of all foreign forces


KABUL: Russia has endorsed the Taliban militants group’s call for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, it has been reported. The endorsement was reportedly made by Russia’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov during an interview. “Of course it’s justified” for the Taliban to oppose the foreign military presence, Kabul was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. Kabulov further ...

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Moscow supports Afghanistan’s peace process


KABUL: Russia has pledged to support the Afghan government police of durable peace and stability in the war-hit country, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Saturday. In a press release issued here, the NSC said that Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed the commitment at a meeting with National Security Advisor, Mohammad Haneef Atmar in Moscow. During the meeting, ...

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Kabul and Moscow to hold talks on counter-terrorism and bilateral ties


KABUL: The Afghan and Russian officials are expected to hold talks on host of issues including counter-terrorism and improvement of bilateral ties between Kabul and Moscow. National Security Council spokesman Tawab Ghorzang said “Mohammad Haneef Atmar, National Security Adviser of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will leave Kabul for Moscow, the capital of Russian Federation for a 3 day official ...

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Russia says Snowden can stay till 2020


MOSCOW: Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s Russian residency permit by three years, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Snowden’s residence permit has been extended “until 2020”, said ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. She had previously indicated on Facebook that Snowden’s permit had been extended by two years, using a phrase that can be ambiguous in Russian. Snowden’s ...

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Afghanistan security situation is challenging: Moscow


KABUL: The number of terrorist attacks is on the rise in Afghanistan, and security situation in Afghanistan remained a challenging, Russian officials said. “We urge the warring parties in Afghanistan, primarily the leaders of the Taliban movement, to renounce violence and to take urgent action to launch intra-Afghan dialogue,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told newsmen in Moscow. Hinting ...

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Putin refuses to expel US diplomats, looks to Trump


Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would not expel any Americans in response to Washington turfing out dozens of Russian diplomats over alleged election interference. The Kremlin strongman’s shock decision came after Russia’s foreign ministry asked him to send home 35 US diplomats in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the expulsion of the same number of its staff by ...

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