No matter what they say in the West now, Afghanistan ended up under extremists’ control because of the US and NATO, and not because of the previous Afghan authorities, Elena Panina, a member of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs wrote on September 13 on her Telegram channel.
Panina made her statement in response to an interview with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who pointed out that the political and military collapse of the local authorities led to the seizure of power in Afghanistan by militants from the radical Taliban movement (an organization banned in Russia). In addition, Stoltenberg did not answer the question of whether the US and NATO’s withdrawal could have hastened the fall of Afghanistan, stressing that this issue will be the subject matter for further research and analysis.
“This statement is another attempt by the Western politicians aimed at shifting responsibility for Afghanistan’s surrender to the Taliban [organization banned in Russia] onto the previous Afghan authorities,” said Panina.
“International armed forces were supposed to restrain the activity of Taliban’s (an organization banned in Russia) militants, giving the Afghans enough time to take control of their country,” she said.
“Therefore, Afghanistan was surrendered to the Taliban [organization banned in Russia] not by the Afghan political and military authorities, but by the NATO military contingent, where Jens Stoltenberg is the Secretary General,” concluded the Russian MP.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency