| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Impossible to Shift Responsibility for US Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Kremlin Says

The Kremlin does not believe that publications of Russian President Vladimir Putin supporting the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan is an attempt to shift responsibility, as it is impossible anyway, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on 24 August.

Peskov was asked to comment on reports that Putin called against US military presence in Central Asia and Afghanistan during his meeting with US President Joe Biden in Geneva. The president was asked if there is a goal to shift responsibility for troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan on someone else.

“Well, here, even if there is a big desire, it is impossible to shift the responsibility onto someone else, so I don’t think there can be such a goal here,” Peskov told reporters.

Following a weeks-long offensive launched after the US started withdrawing forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban (a terrorist group, banned in Russia) entered Kabul on 15 August and caused the civilian government to fall. This prompted thousands of locals to seek escape from the country for fear of reprisals from the militants. Many countries have since begun evacuating their diplomatic missions and citizens from the Central Asian nation.

  • Sputnik