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Moscow cautions about choppers and jets from Afghanistan

Dozens of plane have been taken to neighboring nations after the autumn of Kabul final yr

Military plane flown out of Afghanistan by fleeing US-backed troops after the Taliban retook the nation final yr may now slip into Ukraine, Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, has warned.

Russian information company RIA Novosti requested Kabulov on Tuesday to touch upon the destiny of the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters that the US initially bought for the Afghan Armed Forces within the 2010s however ended up delivering to Ukraine within the spring with a view to battle Russia.

Kabulov didn’t rule out related incidents sooner or later. “There can’t be any guarantees with the US because it is not capable of negotiating,” he stated.

“It’s important for us that helicopters and planes that were flown to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by the fleeing Afghan commanders and servicemen do not reach Ukraine,” the Russian diplomat stated.

He added that round 60 plane have been moved from Afghanistan to Tajikistan and round 40-50 to Uzbekistan after the Taliban seized energy.

Moscow launched its navy operation in Ukraine in late February. RIA Novosti cited a diplomatic supply in May as saying that Turkey was recruiting Afghan nationals in Iran with a view to ship them to battle in opposition to Russian forces in Ukraine.

Kabulov stated that the Taliban had offered assurances that they might not enable fighters from the nation to travel to Ukraine. However, some former Afghan commandos have joined Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) and are combating in Iraq and Syria, he stated.

“Another part of these former commandos are joining Ukrainian Nazis as mercenaries. They were apparently offered money because they need to live off of something,” Kabulov stated.

The envoy’s feedback got here after Reuters cited an unreleased report by the Republicans on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee that warned that former Afghan safety personnel are prone to recruitment by Russia, China and Iran.

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