‘We are getting close to recognition of Taliban movement’: Putin

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The Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that world was moving towards recognizing the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

Speaking at Valdai Club session, Putin said the world was moving towards recognizing the Taliban movement and that Washington and Moscow were on the right track following the Geneva summit.

“It seems to me that we are getting close to doing so,” Putin was quoted as saying by TASS News Agency.

Putin further added “Russia’s position will be to move in this particular direction, but still, these decisions should be made the way they were made when the movement was blacklisted as a terrorist organization.”

He also added that the US President Joe Biden did the right thing when he withdrew troops from Afghanistan, insisting that the United States and Europe ‘should not avoid responsibility for current and future developments’ in the country.

This comes as Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had earlier said the international recognition of the Taliban was not on the table.

Calling on Taliban group to behave in a civilized manner, Lavrov said the Taliban group should form an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

“We will encourage those who have now taken power in Kabul after the retreat of foreign contingents to behave in a civilized manner,” he said late in September.

Meanwhile, the observers believe that Russia is concerned of ISIS influx in Central Asian countries and the country is attempting to seize the diplomatic initiative in a bid to prevent the region from descending into chaos, a move which could threaten the interests of Moscow.

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