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Russia must not interfere in our country affairs: senators

AT-KABUL: Scores of Afghan senators on Tuesday alleged Russia of playing double game with Afghanistan, urging Kremlin to stop interfering into internal affairs of the country.

Fazlulhadi Muslimyar chairman of the upper house of parliament criticized Moscow for what he called “clear support to Taliban” and interfering the internal affairs of Afghanistan, asking for the urgent stop.

“Interfering in the country’s affairs is not in interest of any country. Russia or any other country must not enjoy the good behavior of Afghans. We are so sorry to the faith and Jihad of Taliban, who vowed to fight against blasphemy, but they urge assistance and aids from Russia, it is very shameful,” Muslimyar said.

Meanwhile, a number of other senators emphasized that Russia has delivered many weapons to the Taliban group.

“Russia’s relation with Taliban is alarming, seeing Russian modern weapons in hands of militants are the indication of Russia’s support to Taliban for its interest,” said Nesar Haris a senator.

“Russia delivers advanced weapons to Taliban with the cooperation of Iran. Competitive war should be prevented in Afghanistan,” Jomauoddin Geyanwall, another senator said.

The senators stressed that Afghanistan’s stability is in interest of the region and if any regional country ignore it, terrorism will expand in many regional countries.

This comes as Afghan and American officials already were increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government could complicate an already precarious security situation.

Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large swathes of territory and inflicting heavy casualties, and say their limited contacts are aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Leaders in Kabul said Russian support for the Afghan Taliban appears to be mostly political so far.

But a series of recent meetings they say has taken place in Russia and Tajikistan has made Afghan intelligence and defense officials nervous about more direct support including weapons or funding.

A senior Afghan security official called Russian support for the Taliban a “dangerous new trend”, an analysis echoed by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson.

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