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Purging insurgency; Ready to work with US in Afghanistan: Putin

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Moscow is ready to work with Washington in Afghanistan to purge insurgency as terrorist groups are getting stronger in northern part of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is concerned over the strengthening of terrorist groups in northern Afghanistan.

Speaking at his annual news conference on Thursday, Putin said that Russia is observing the growing threat in Afghanistan from international terrorists.

He claimed that terrorist groups are occupying more and more areas in northern Afghanistan at the border with former republics of the Soviet Union.

Therefore, Putin stated that his country is ready to work together with the United States in Afghanistan against the international terrorists and drug traffickers.

“We are ready to work together with the Afghan government, with the United States and other governments concerned to overcome these difficulties,” he said.

The Russian president believes that Afghan government needs the international community’s support and without economic support, Afghanistan won’t be able to solve all its problems.

Afghanistan welcomes Putin’s remarks, saying it is in line with its policy.

“If Russia, India, China, Pakistan or any other country honestly cooperates with us to bring peace in the heart of Asia, we welcome that,” Defense Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Radmanish told Ariana News.

This comes at time when Russia was accused of supporting Taliban insurgents to be used against Islamic State (IS), which is also known as Daesh terrorists. But Russian foreign minister during his trip to New Delhi denied allegations that his country supports Taliban, but he admits contacting them (Taliban) for negotiations.

Speaking at an event organized by the Vivekananda International Foundation on new vistas of India-Russia relations, the Russian minister said that his country contacted Taliban for “negotiations” not for providing support.

“Never ever has there been any proof, any fact that Russia supported the Taliban as suggested by the US. We contacted Taliban only for two reasons. One, when our or our allies’ citizens came harm’s way and we needed to extract them. And secondly, to pressurize the Taliban to sit down and negotiate. But we always say that they must join negotiations provided they respect the criteria established by the UN Security Council,” Russian foreign minister said.