Putin backs Taliban and savages meddling West imposing ‘outside values’ on Afghanistan

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In an apparent swipe at the US and UK, President


warned the West “must stop the irresponsible policy of imposing foreign values from abroad”. Speaking from the Kremlin, President Putin appeared to put his faith in the extremist group and said he hoped the Taliban would “guarantee the security of locals and foreign diplomats”.

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The 68-year-old was speaking following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow.

President Putin stressed the need for collaboration to help the people of Afghanistan and provide stability to the region.

In a televised address, he said: “The Taliban movement control almost the entire territory of the country.

Vladimir Putin has broken his silence on the Taliban

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Afghans wait outside Kabul airport

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“These are the realities and it is from these realities that we must proceed, preventing the collapse of the Afghan state.”

The mass evacuation of thousands of Afghan nationals continues following the chaotic scenes in recent days at Kabul airport.

Foreign nations have transported more than 18,000 vulnerable people from Afghanistan, according to NATO.

But, thousands of desperate Afghans clutching papers, children and some belongings still remain stranded on the runway, where gun-toting Taliban members urged those without travel documents to go home.

Vladimir Putin hosted Angela Merkel in Moscow

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Amid the humanitarian crisis, President Putin has warned of the threat of terrorists escaping from Afghanistan “under the guise of refugees”.

In a wide-ranging press conference, the Russian leader also hit out at the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Former US President George W Bush went to war in Afghanistan following the devastating 9/11 terror attack in New York and Washington.

President Putin said: “You can’t call it a success.


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The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan

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Military personnel assist with the evacuation

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“But it’s not in our interests right now to stand on this point and talk about this as a failure.

“We were interested in the situation in the country being stable.”

The decision by the US to withdraw from Afghanistan – and the subsequent move by the UK to follow suit – has divided many following the speed of the Taliban coup.

MPs were summoned to the House of Commons on Wednesday and many raised concerns, including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, about the impact of opening the door of Afghanistan to Chinese and Russian forces.



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In recent years, Moscow has reached out to the Taliban, despite it being banned as an “extremist” group in Russia.

The Taliban has attempted to reinvent its image in recent days, but there is mounting evidence that the extremist group has not reformed from its brutal ways allied with Al Qaeda terrorists.

Reports of gunmen going door-to-door on the streets of Afghanistan continue to mount with activists, women, former officials, journalists, ex-soldiers and members of now-defunct intelligence agencies believed to be at high risk.