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Russia 'Perhaps' Supplying Taliban in Afghanistan

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    Posted: 24-Mar-2017 at 4:19pm

Russia denies supplying Taliban after Scaparrotti claim

Moscow rejects NATO commander's remark that it is 'perhaps' aiding the Taliban in fighting against US and allied forces.

Russia's foreign ministry has dismissed a US general's allegations that it may be supplying Taliban fighters in Afghanistan as "fabrications".

Curtis Scaparrotti, the top US general in Europe, said on Thursday that he had witnessed Russia's influence grow in many regions, including in Afghanistan. 

In a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Scaparrotti, who is NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, said Moscow was "perhaps" supplying the Taliban in fighting against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

His comments were rejected by Russia's foreign ministry, which called the charge an attempt by Washington to try to cover up for the failure of its own policies in Afghanistan.

"These claims are absolutely false," Zamir Kabulov, head of the Russian foreign ministry's department responsible for Afghanistan and the Kremlin's special envoy in the country, told RIA Novosti state news agency on Friday.

"These fabrications are designed, as we have repeatedly underlined, to justify the failure of the US military and politicians in the Afghan campaign. There is no other explanation."

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Russia may be supplying the Taliban as they fight U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top U.S. military commander said Thursday.

" have seen the influence of Russia of late — an increased influence — in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander and U.S. Army General, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Scaparrotti did not elaborate on what kinds of supplies might be provided or how direct Russia's involvement could be.

His comments are built on suspicions raised last month by General John Nicholson, the U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, who testified that Russia is giving the Taliban encouragement and diplomatic cover. Nicholson did not, however, address whether Russia was supplying the terrorist group.

“Russia has been legitimizing the Taliban and supporting the Taliban,” he told VOA's Afghan service in an interview last month.

Russia, which had an ill-fated intervention in Afghanistan that started in 1979 and ended nearly a decade later, has been trying to exert influence in the region again and has set up six-country peace talks next week that exclude the United States.

 


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