Russia may remove Taliban from blacklist, working with partners for its recognition: Putin

  • Date of Publication : 23/12/2021 at 15:14 GMT
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Taliban might be excluded from the terrorist blacklist if the situation in the Taliban continues to improve. At the annual conference on Thursday, Putin said that Russia is “working with all [our] international partners to come up with a consolidated decision” regarding the possibility of recognising the Taliban, which now rules the war-ravaged nation.

While answering a question about the Taliban’s international recognition, Putin said that this is not an idle question for Russia and noted that Moscow stands for regional stability. He said that Moscow is concerned about the possible penetration of extremists into the Central Asian republics along with the spread of narcotics from Afghanistan. He also called for Afghanistan’s foreign assets to be unfrozen.

Putin said, “As for recognition, as a whole we must proceed from reality, proceed from the fact that, after all, the forces that ended up at the head of Afghanistan will intend to ensure that all ethnic groups are represented in the leadership of the country. And this is the only thing, in my opinion, that can create conditions that give rise to hope for stabilisation in Afghanistan.”

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