Russia accuses US of forcing Afghans on Central Asia

US 'Pawning Off' Afghans Fleeing Taliban To Central Asia, Says Russia

1000’s of Afghans have been fleeing Taliban because the latter seized energy in Afghanistan.

Budapest:

Russia’s Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov stated Tuesday that US forces are “pawning off” Afghans fleeing the Taliban to neighbouring Moscow-allied Central Asia.

Throughout a go to to Hungary, Lavrov stated america is making an attempt to persuade “a number of Central Asian international locations” to absorb Afghans who beforehand labored with US forces within the now Taliban-controlled nation.

He alleged that Washington tells the international locations the Afghans will solely be there quickly.

“They are saying it is for just a few months as a result of they want time to make them visas,” Lavrov stated at a press convention together with his Hungarian counterpart in Budapest.

“Afghans who labored with US forces have been most likely safety checked inside out. Why do you want two extra months to offer these folks a visa?” he requested, accusing america of a scarcity of respect for Central Asian nations.

Round 1,500 Afghans have crossed into neighbouring Uzbekistan after the Taliban takeover and reside in tents close to the border, based on the Afghan embassy in Tashkent.

Lavrov’s feedback come after Russian chief Vladimir Putin complained final week about Western international locations making an attempt to put Afghan refugees in Central Asian international locations “earlier than acquiring visas to america or different international locations.”

Putin has warned towards an inflow of refugees from Afghanistan, saying militants may enter Russia underneath the guise of searching for asylum.

A number of former Soviet republics in Central Asia share a border each with Afghanistan and Russia, permitting potential militants to achieve the nation, he advised officers on Sunday.

Moscow has been cautiously optimistic in regards to the new management in Kabul.

The Kremlin stated Tuesday it was “attentively watching” the “disagreements” on whether or not to increase an August 31 deadline for the whole withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

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