The “Moscow format” talks on Wednesday highlighted the prominent role of China-Russia coordination on the Afghan crisis when the US and some Western countries chose to evade responsibility, experts said, as Moscow gathered 10 countries and the Taliban to focus on the developing political and military situation in Afghanistan.
Ukraine’s defense minister fired back Tuesday at Russian predictions that the U.S., in light of its rushed exit from Afghanistan, will eventually abandon Ukraine.
“I’m not going to compare relations between the U.S. and Ukraine with relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan,” Andriy Taran said. “Ukraine is a country that fights for its own independence and territorial integrity. We have no doubt of the support from our strategic partner.”
According to Dmitry Peskov, the situation in Afghanistan is of paramount importance for Russia, its neighbors and allies in various associations
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that participants in the Moscow consultations would discuss possible political and military developments in Afghanistan and prospects for the formation of an inclusive government
In particular, the Russian foreign minister mentioned Afghanistan’s near neighbors — the Central Asian states
Representatives from ten countries in the region as well as a high-ranking delegation from the Taliban representing Afghanistan will attend the Moscow talks on Afghanistan
According to Russia’s top diplomat, the situation in Afghanistan following the establishment of a new balance of power cannot be described as stable
Lavrov recalled that the United States dodged participation in a meeting of the enlarged troika (Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan) for a second time and voiced the hope there were no fundamental problems behind this
Iran will host the foreign ministers from Afghanistan’s neighboring countries for a summit on Oct. 27, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters that the one-day meeting next week will bring together diplomats from Russia, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan — the six members of the so-called Moscow format talks on Afghanistan.