Russian diplomats in Kabul really feel protected and are persevering with to work within the wake of the capital’s takeover by the Taliban, Moscow’s envoy to Afghanistan informed RT, including that the US had been “tilting at windmills” for 20 years.
“The situation is calm,” the Russian ambassador to Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, informed RT on Monday, as he described the developments within the Afghan capital a day after its takeover by Taliban militants as seen from the Russian mission’s compound. The diplomats really feel in no quick hazard, he mentioned, denying studies of an evacuation.
Earlier, some media retailers reported that Russia was lowering the variety of its diplomats in Kabul, however Zhirnov says the embassy continues to function “in full force.” Some employees members have left on a “planned vacation,” whereas others have departed as a result of their project had ended, however the remainder of the employees are working as regular.
The diplomatic mission’s safety has been taken over by a gaggle of Taliban fighters, after the Afghan police element was disbanded by their very own volition. The Taliban fighters met with the embassy employees on Monday morning and warranted the diplomats that they might be protected.
On Sunday, when Kabul was about to fall into the fingers of the militants, the town descended into chaos, amid “disorder and a power vacuum,” the ambassador mentioned. Marauders and criminals had been roaming the town streets, and gunfire was heard near the embassy.
However, quickly after the Taliban entered the town in numbers, lawless capturing on the streets steadily subsided, Zhirnov mentioned. Earlier on Monday, Afghanistan’s envoy to the UN, Ghulam Isaczai, mentioned at a UN Security Council assembly that there had been “reports of target[ed] killings and looting in the city” after it fell underneath the Taliban management. Zhirnov didn’t touch upon these studies.
The Russian ambassador mentioned the Taliban apparently meant to clamp down on criminality as a result of it had imposed a curfew and revealed “hotline” numbers that locals may use to report crimes to the militants. The state of affairs within the metropolis was presently “safer than before the Taliban,” he added.
Zhirnov added that round 50 Russian residents of Afghan descent had requested the embassy to facilitate their return to Russia. None of them had reported being topic to any threats from the Taliban, nonetheless, he mentioned.
Speaking concerning the Taliban’s blitzkrieg-style takeover of Afghanistan, which had allowed the militants to grab all main cities inside a number of weeks, the Russian ambassador mentioned the US technique was at the very least partly in charge.
The US had, for years, been “tilting at windmills” for domestic-PR functions, Zhirnov opined. America’s actions, together with bombings that led to civilian casualties, had provoked resentment among the many native inhabitants, which more and more thought of the US’ and NATO’s presence on Afghan soil to be an occupation.
Meanwhile, the Taliban had been cultivating the widespread of us for standard assist, the diplomat mentioned. The widespread corruption through which the now-ousted authorities allegedly engaged didn’t assist issues both, Zhirnov believes.
The embassy is “working to facilitate the peace process” and needs to see a “civilized Afghanistan without drugs and terrorism, where human rights are observed,” Zhirnov mentioned.
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