Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Afghanistan with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the telephone.
In the phone call, the two leaders “expressed their readiness to step up efforts to combat threats of terrorism and drug trafficking coming from the territory of Afghanistan,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
They also spoke of the “importance of establishing peace” in Afghanistan and “preventing the spread of instability to adjacent regions”.
Putin and Xi “agreed to intensify bilateral contacts” and “make the most of the potential” of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) that is due to convene for a summit in Tajikistan next month.
The Kremlin’s press release following the conversation also noted that Moscow and Beijing are ready to step up the fight against the threats of terrorism and drug trafficking emanating from Afghanistan.
Against the background of the withdrawal of the American contingent, the Taliban launched an offensive and captured all major cities, declaring the end of the twenty-year war. Now the question of the mechanism of state governance is being resolved.
As a source close to the new authorities told Russian state outlet RIA Novosti, this will be a council of 12 people.
President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and two days later made a video message from the UAE, in which he promised to return. In turn, Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that now, according to the constitution, he becomes the head of the republic, and called for armed resistance to the invaders.
The only province outside of Taliban control is Panjshir, northeast of Kabul, one of the smallest regions in both area and population. The forces of the militia are concentrated there, led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of the head of the anti-Taliban “Northern Alliance” killed by terrorists.
The evacuation of foreigners and local residents who collaborated with them continues through the airport in the Afghan capital. In the early days, due to the crush, panic and warning fire, several people died, some crashed, falling off the already taken off aircraft.
On August 22nd, Putin said he was concerned that Afghan “militants” posing as refugees might try to make their way into Russia from the Central Asian countries where they’re currently being housed.
Putin criticized the United States for asking Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan — to temporarily house up to 9,000 Afghans fleeing Kabul — especially because Russia has no visa restrictions with some of these countries.
“We share common borders, but there are no visa restrictions. Imagine that refugees entered any of these countries. Who is among these refugees? How do we know,” Putin said, according to TASS.
He called the approach of Western countries placing Afghan refugees temporarily in Central Asian countries while their visas were being processed “humiliating.”
“They think they can send them without visas to our neighbors [Central Asian countries], but refuse to receive them in their own countries without visas,” Putin said at a meeting with the United Russia party members, reported Russian news agency TASS, adding ” What a humiliating approach to solving this issue is it?”