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Civil war feared in Afghanistan, says Russian envoy

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KABUL: Russia’s Security Council secretary Nikolay Patrushev has said that Afghanistan is in a critical situation, warning that crisis could lead to civil war if the Taliban fails to find a viable solution.

“The situation unfolding today in Afghanistan is unprecedented both in military-political and socio-economic terms. If the new authorities in Kabul fail to normalize the situation, and the international community fails to provide effective support to the Afghan people, the scenario could become catastrophic, involving a new civil war, the general impoverishment of the population and famine,” he said.  

This is as the Taliban government has said that crisis in the country is due to funds frozen by the US Treasury department.   

Over $9 billion of Afghanistan assets have remained in reserve since the collapse of the former government. The International Monetary Fund allocated $450 million of aid for Afghanistan but to date it has not been provided to the war-torn country.

This is as, three Russian aircrafts loaded with 36 tons of humanitarian assistance landed in Kabul on Thursday, as part of Russia’s attempt to help avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, said on Twitter that the assistance included flour, oil and blankets. “The 108 tons of humanitarian assistance provided by Russia will be conducted in three rounds. The first shipment arrived today and the remaining two shipments will arrive in the future,” he said.  

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