Russia has declared its readiness to evacuate Afghans to countries that will be ready to receive them. This was announced by the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, Maria Zakharova. She also said that “the Taliban’s takeover of power is a reality that the international community must take into account.”
– We are ready to provide Russian civil aviation services to ensure the flight of any number of Afghan citizens, including women and children, to any countries that show interest in accepting them – said Maria Zakharova, quoted by RIA Novosti during the Thursday press conference, motivating the decision humanitarian reasons.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that it is not about the evacuation of the staff of the Russian embassy or Russian citizens in Afghanistan, only flights for people who want to leave the country are planned. It said that the Taliban “gave Russia a security guarantee in organizing charter flights for people wishing to leave Afghanistan.”
Zakharova also said that the Taliban’s takeover of power in Afghanistan is a reality that the international community must take into account. The former president Ashraf Ghani is responsible for the events in Afghanistan, she said.
– The President of Ghani who left the country is undoubtedly responsible for what happened. Over the past three years, he has had every means possible to ensure the success of the peace process in Afghanistan and to support the progressive formation of a government with representatives of all the political forces in the country. However, this opportunity was wasted – said the representative of diplomacy.
Russia is in favor of dialogue
Zakharova said that the Taliban “have actively begun to restore order and are demonstrating that they are committed to dialogue with Afghanistan’s influential political leaders” about the future state of the state. The Taliban, she continued, “are ready, as they declare, to take into account the interests of citizens, including women’s rights.” She emphasized that the Russian side is in favor of a dialogue between various forces in Afghanistan, which will allow the creation of a representative government.
– We take note of all declarations made by the Taliban about their intention to enter into dialogue with other political forces in Afghanistan. They have already announced meetings with representatives of political forces – emphasized the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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