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No apology for invasion of Afghanistan: Russia

No apology for invasion of Afghanistan: Russia

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Moscow has expressed its surprise over the Afghan ambassador’s statement that Russia should apologise for invading Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Ambassador Abdul Qayyum Kochi said on Wednesday the Afghan people wanted apologies for the mistakes of the Soviet government in Afghanistan.

He said that Moscow should tender an apology for the recognition of the communist leadership and the occupation of Afghanistan.

But Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov said Kochi’s statement raised nothing but surprise and bewilderment.

"The Soviet government recognised the new leadership in Afghanistan and was developing normal relations with it.

“The troops were deployed later, as a result of actions against that leadership. The statement raises nothing but surprise and bewilderment," Kabulov said, ruling out any apology.

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