07 September 2021

What are the limits of Russia’s Taliban engagement?


Moscow has cautiously embraced the newly re-created Islamic Emirate, but terrorism and regional security issues remain concerns.A day after the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov,  called the Taliban a “far more trustworthy partner than the puppet government in Kabul.” Russia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov  claimed that Kabul was safer after the Taliban took power than when ousted President Ashraf Ghani [...]