The American commander has accused Russia of supporting the Taliban
In addition, Curtis Scaparrotti accused Russia that it is “in violation of the Vienna document and the existing treaties” does not notify properly on some military exercises.
WASHINGTON, March 24. /Offset. TASS Dmitry Kirsanov/. Russia recently increased its influence on the force in Afghanistan, the radical Taliban (banned in Russia) and perhaps even started to support it.
With such a statement was made on Thursday, the Supreme commander of the allied powers (OMC), NATO in Europe the American General Curtis Scaparrotti at hearings in Committee on Armed services of the Senate of the U.S. Congress.
Discussion of issues related to the Taliban and the situation in Afghanistan began with the filing of Senator Ted Cruz (Republican, Texas).
The politician attributed Moscow “growing support” not only the Taliban but also the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). While Cruz was referred, without giving details on some of the communication media.
Scaparrotti, in response, said that NATO and the US need to “win in Afghanistan”
“And I agree, I see Russia’s influence, increased influence, in terms of relations with the (movement), the Taliban, and perhaps even its supply,” said the General, who is also head of the European command of the armed forces of the United States.
Finally, he accused Russia that it is “in violation of the Vienna document and the existing contracts,” does not inform properly about some of his military exercises with foreign partners.
Opposition in the information space
The US administration should develop an interagency strategy to counter Russia in the information space, said Scaparrotti.
“But what we really need is a level approach of the government, whole-of-government information campaign, of which I am a small part,” said the warlord at a hearing of the Committee on Armed services of the Senate of the U.S. Congress, answering questions about Russia and American propaganda broadcasting.
From the point of view of Scaparrotti, who is also head of the European command U.S. army, Washington required in this area “government strategy”.
In this regard, the General said that European command together with the US state Department has already created so-called Group according to Russian information
Claimed Scaparrotti, Russia is trying to undermine the position of the United States and the West. Russia wants to ensure that it “can dominate, especially on its periphery,” said the General. He accused Moscow of using “asymmetric approach” in conducting such a course.