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Russia stops cooperating with US in Afghanistan

Russia stops cooperating with US in Afghanistan

Feb 21, 2016 - 11:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): As the security situation in the war-devastated country deteriorates, Russia has withdrawn cooperation with the United States in Afghanistaninfo-icon, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Russia’s envoy to AfghanistanZamir N. Kabulov recently said they had already told the Americans Moscow would not be part of talks between the Talibaninfo-icon and the Afghan government.

The newspaper quoted the diplomat as saying: “Honestly speaking, we’re already tired of joining anything Washington starts.” The Kremlin had no desire to attend what the Americans organise ‘on the fly’ for their own pre-election interests, he said.

Yuri V. Krupnov, an advisor to the head of Russia’s antidrug agencyViktor P. Ivanov, told the daily the war on drugs had been an area of common interest for the Russians and the Americans.

But cooperation in the counter-narcotics campaign that stopped when the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions in 2014 on Ivanov, a close associate of President VladimirPutin.

Krupnov said the US, while pursuing its interests, was uninterested in the views of Russia or anybody else. “The Obama administration buried this promising line of cooperation. All room for cooperation is exhausted.”

An unnamed Afghan officialtold the newspaper Russiasaw the Afghans as part of the larger game with the United States. Kabul had struggled to convince the Putin administration on certain issues, he said.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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