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Afghanistan dismisses Russia’s claims over unknown helicopters landing

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan has rejected Russia’s claims over ‘unknown choppers’ landing in the militants-held areas as ‘baseless’, asking Moscow to share its evidences.

Russia has frequently expressed concerns over the landing of what it calls unknown helicopters in the militants-held areas in Afghanistan, asking for US explanation.

Ministry of defense said Wednesday that Russia had no evidences to demonstrate its allegations.

“We had investigations in this regard, but we didn’t find evidences. Nobody has shared evidence with us either, so this is only a rumor,” said the ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri. “Anybody holding evidence can share it with us.”

Russia is worried that the unknown helicopters support the Daesh terrorist group in the northern parts of Afghanistan bordering the Central Asian countries.

The US has not responded Russia’s claims, but has repeatedly said it was committed in fight against Daesh in Afghanistan.

Some local officials in the north confirm Russia’s claims, with Zaher Wahdat, governor for Sar-e-Pul province saying that such helicopters drop guns and ammunition in overnight landings in the province.

Also there were unconfirmed reports of the helicopters’ landing in Badakhshan, Ghazni, Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces.

“This is clear that Afghanistan is a battle for international contests and everyone is seeking its goals and strategies. But is Russia is right it should share its evidences with the government of Afghanistan,” said Zalmai Wardak, political analyst.

He added that Russia is a powerful country and should not deliver baseless statements.

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