Former Afghan President has denied reports that Moscow supplies weapons to the Taliban

Omar Sobhani / Reuters

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai called a lie the allegations that Russia is supplying weapons to the extremist group the Taliban. On Wednesday, April 26, reports “Interfax”.

On the eve of the former Afghan leader met with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. April 26, Karzai will take part in the VI Moscow conference on international security.

As reported on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry, during the meeting, “they exchanged opinions on the current situation in Afghanistan, issues of national reconciliation and the prospects for multilateral cooperation on the Afghan subject”.

24 March, the head of the second Asia Department at the Russian foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov called false US claims that Moscow is supplying the Taliban. The diplomat noted that “such allegations are meant to justify the failures of American military policy in the Afghan campaign”.

The day before the commander of the United armed forces of NATO in Europe American General Curtis Scaparotti said about the growing Russian influence on the group “Taliban” (banned in Russia). During the hearings in the Senate, senior military did not rule out that Moscow may provide traffic assistance. In this case what type of supply in question, Scaperotti said.

Terrorist group, the Taliban controls large areas of Afghanistan. From 1996 to 2001 the Taliban were in power. The overthrow of the regime contributed to the United States, which began in Afghanistan a military operation after the attacks of 11 September 2001.

The Taliban have intensified after most NATO troops by December 2014 left Afghan territory. However, in the country remain 13 thousand soldiers and officers of the Alliance. Their withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban called the main condition for beginning peace talks with official Kabul.