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#Afghanistan at a Crossroads and #Russia’s Interests
#US-#Taliban Peace Agreement Won’t End War in #Afghanistan: #Russia'n Envoy ariananews.af/?p=330007
Russian and India foreign ministers are set to meet in Moscow today (Tuesday) on issues of common interest. Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar would exchange views on a possible peace deal in Afghanistan
"#Russia, #India have similar views on Afghan issue"
Moscow will continue providing assistance to #Afghanistan security forces in the fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister said following talks with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
#Russia is ready to play the role of witness or guarantor of possible peace agreement between the #US and #Taliban if requested, a state media reported.
According to reports, #Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister of #Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani discussed the issues related to #Afghanistan and Syria over the phone on Friday. khaama.com/top-russian-an…
#Russia Seeks Studying US-Taliban Draft Agreement shar.es/aXYn1X

“I cannot say, in what form we will guarantee it. First, we have to see the agreement in order to be able to define what we can guarantee. We will welcome the early agreement on the Afghani settlement...”
#Russia sees Trump’s decision on #Afghanistan as negative signal, hopes for new Taliban talks rt.com/newsline/46841…

“This is certainly a negative signal, but at the same time we take note of remarks by Pompeo and representatives of the Taliban group,” Kabulov told TASS.
“... both sides note readiness to continue dialogue. Since emotions are running high now, combat actions could escalate for some time, but we hope it won’t be long. We believe that in the final end this [negotiating] process will continue and will be successful," said Kabulov.
In the Demise of the #Taliban Peace Talks, #Russia Is the Winner:
Even as it paints itself as an ally in #Afghanistan, the Kremlin is busy undercutting Washington. foreignpolicy.com/2019/09/11/in-…
Sounds accurate..
"Since US-Taliban peace negotiations broke down,pro-Kremlin news orgs have accused Trump of using the death of a US soldier as an excuse 2abandon the talks&argued that US backed out of the negotiations so it could blame Afghan govt if Taliban recaptured Kabul"
“We welcome the #Taliban Movement’s statement on readiness to continue dialogue with the #US. We still believe, that political and diplomatic settlement is needed in #Afghanistan" Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the MFA of #Russia says. khaama.com/russia-welcome…
.@taahir_khan: A #Taliban official has confirmed to me that a Taliban delegation has arrived n Moscow for talks with #Russia'n officials on President Trump's decision to call off talks with the Taliban.
"War is imposed on us by #US, we can fight it for 100 years" #Taliban tells #Russia'n media RT after peace talks cut off

.@suhailshaheen1 said that the #Taliban would meet officials of several countries (It seems #Russia has been the first one) “who were also astonished by Trump’s decision” since the agreement was achieved after nearly one year of negotiations: arabnews.pk/node/1554031/w…
A #Taliban negotiating team arrived Friday in #Russia, a representative said

Russian state news agency Tass cited @suhailshaheen1 as saying the delegation had held consultations with Zamir Kabulov, Putin's envoy for #Afghanistan pbs.org/newshour/amp/w…
the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) has reported that the #Taliban delegation in #Russia was headed by Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, the head of Taliban’s negotiation team in Qatar.

It said the delegation also included Shaheen and Qari Din Muhammad Hanif.
#Taliban’s attempt to visit #Russia and other countries shows the group has “failed” in the [peace] process, presidential spokesman @SediqSediqqi says.

“The Taliban has lost the main venue for peace,” he says. @TOLOnews
“The #Russia'n president’s special representative for Afghanistan ... Zamir Kabulov, hosted a #Taliban delegation in Moscow,” said a ministry spokesman, quoted by RIA Novosti state-funded news agency. theguardian.com/world/2019/sep…
“The purpose of these visits is to inform leaders of these countries about the peace talks and Trump’s decision to call off the talks at a time when both sides had resolved all outstanding issues and were about to sign a peace agreement,” said a senior #Taliban leader in Qatar.
The Taliban want to explain their position on the Afghan peace process to countries around the world in “face-to-face meetings,” the group’s political spokesperson @suhailshaheen1 told, as a #Taliban delegation wrapped up a four-day visit to #Russia. arabnews.pk/node/1554841#.…
Kabulov said #Russia is stressing the need to continue the dialogue, while the #Taliban has "certified its readiness to retake its place at the negotiating table.” aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacifi…
"In addition, we count on holding consultations with our American partners in the nearest future and urge them to return to the dialogue,” he added.

👏👏👏"According to a well-known saying, when diplomats fall silent, guns begin to speak," Kabulov said. aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacifi…
As #US-#Taliban Peace Process Collapses, an Opportunity for #Russia? thediplomat.com/2019/09/as-u-s…
"If #Russia can distinguish itself from the #US by framing itself as a pro-peace actor in #Afghanistan, it could overcome suspicions about its motivations and entrench itself as a major diplomatic stakeholder in Afghanistan"
"As #Russia seeks to extend its diplomatic influence beyond crises where it is militarily involved, such as Syria (...), to extra-regional collective security challenges, Moscow views a position of diplomatic prominence in #AFG as a major geopolitical prize."
"#Russia is our long-standing neighbor, which has historically been involved in difficult Afghan affairs and is now one of the main factors of stability in #Afghanistan. We would like to see Russia strong" - Karzai
The #Russia'n FM said in a statement that Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov held a meeting with #US, #China and #Pakistan'i envoys for #Afghanistan in #Moscow and stressed the importance of achieving sustainable peace through political and diplomatic means. aa.com.tr/en/europe/russ…
"#Russia plays key role in #AfghanPeaceProcess": @hmohib

In a meeting with the Russian amb to Kabul Mantetsky, NSA Mohib has discussed the #Afghanistan govt's 7-point-plan, which is formed by the Kabul administration as a roadmap for the peace process.
In a meeting with the CEO Abdullah, the #Russia'n PM Medvedev has announced Moscow’s readiness for #investment on #Afghanistan’s underground sources. Russia is ready to implement its past projects in the country, he added. afghanistantimes.af/moscow-express…
Understanding #Russia'n Involvement In #Afghanistan – OpEd eurasiareview.com/13112019-under…
"we consider the release from prisons of three leaders of the #Haqqani network connected with the #Taliban movement as a gesture of good will from the Afghan government that will help advance the intra-#Afghanpeaceprocess": #Russia's Foreign Ministry spox tass.com/world/1089041
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