MOSCOW (Sputnik) – NATO has destroyed all possible formats of cooperation with Russia, including on Afghanistan, and will most likely only increase its anti-Russian rhetoric after the Afghan disaster, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Sunday.
“Yes, the alliance has destroyed all formats of cooperation, including on Afghanistan. The price for this geopolitical game, which has nothing to do with security interests, ultimately had to be paid by the Afghans,” Grushko said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.
The end of NATO’s decade-long mission in Afghanistan may lead to further warmongering and revival of the “Russian threat” rhetoric since “searching for the evidence of its own relevance” has always been part of the bloc’s history, the diplomat noted. As examples of such behavior, Grushko named operations in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan and Libya.
On August 15, the Taliban* entered Kabul, prompting the US-supported civilian government to collapse amid the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Ashraf Ghani resigned as president and fled the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if militants stormed the city.
Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president from Ashraf Ghani’s government, and the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan are leading the resistance to the Taliban.