Russian Envoy Shows Opposition to US Plans for Regional Bases
As the US troops are leaving, Russian envoy Zamir Kabulov has said that the United States cannot and should not transform the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan into the relocation of its military facilities to Central Asia, something that the US is looking into it as an option to provide over-the-horizon support to Afghan forces.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_"We have already sent such a signal to at various levels. I hope it will be heard," Kabulov said as quoted by Russian news agency, RIA.
He called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to establish a coalition government.
Kabulov promised international support in forming an interim government, adding that that "the final decision on the configuration and parameters of the future power structure should be made by Afghans themselves."
The Russian envoy said he expects that a suitable occasion for the start of peace negotiations will come closer to autumn.
"We continue to work together in the format of an expanded ‘troika’ with the participation of , the United States, China, and Pakistan,” said as quoted by RIA. “We do not rule out the convening of its next round in the near future. In addition, we keep in mind the possibility of organizing another meeting of the Moscow format, which, as you know, unites all the countries of the region around Afghanistan, as well as the United States."
The withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan has created many concerns about the future of the government and the Afghan forces.