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The Russian Defense Ministry has denied allegations of arms supplies to the Taliban

TASS

March 27, 18:25

MOSCOW, March 27. / TASS /. Russia does not supply arms to organizations recognized by the UN as terrorist, including the Taliban (the organization is banned in the Russian Federation), said the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov.

So he commented on the statements of the US commander in Europe, General Curtis Scaparotti, who accused Russia of supplying arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"Unlike the US government agencies, the Russian Defense Ministry did not and can not have any interaction, let alone supplies of weapons to organizations recognized by the UN as terrorist, not only for the Afghan Taliban, but for any other international terrorist organization , With which the American forces fight independently or as part of coalitions, "Konashenkov said.

"General Scaparotti should have been required to give his subordinates more attention to the quality planning of operations against the Taliban, rather than justifying the failures in Afghanistan with the mythical influence of Moscow's hand," a Russian military official added.

Skaparotti also said earlier that Russia had increased its influence on the radical Taliban movement in Afghanistan and, perhaps, even started supporting it . The general accused Russia of trying to undermine the position of the United States through an "asymmetric approach." The Russian Defense Ministry said that the report of Scaparotti "does not need serious analysis," since it did not contain "not a single fact, specific figures or documents, the same slogans, only now in new covers, and absurd accusations."

TASS



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