Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding UK reports about alleged Russian assistance to the Taliban

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:44

We have taken note of a report published by The Times, which other UK media outlets have reprinted, about the alleged Russian funding of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. The author of this item writes, citing unidentified sources, about Moscow’s policy in Afghanistan and a “covert programme of laundered fuel sales” to the Taliban.

We believe that this fake, just as the other items containing false information, are aimed at drawing international attention away from the failure of NATO’s military policy in Afghanistan and are evidence of a resentful attitude to the stabilisation efforts by Moscow and its regional partners, including within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, in Afghanistan.

We recommend The Times journalists take note of the continued flights by unmarked helicopters to the Afghan regions controlled by extremists, whom British intelligence services are supporting, according to the Afghans themselves, as well as the growing number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan this year due, in part, to the international coalition’s unwillingness to learn the lesson of previous conflicts and its reliance on military force.

We reiterate that Russia is not providing any assistance to the Taliban movement and has been pursuing a consistent policy of all-round assistance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its efforts to develop Afghanistan as a peaceful, independent, stable and economically viable state free of terrorism and drugs.

This item from The Times will be published on the Ministry’s website in the section titled “Published materials that contain false information about Russia” as an example of yet another publication retranslating false information about Russia.

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