Moscow: Biden can change the decision on Afghanistan, but not cardinally

13:58, 12 January 2021
Moscow: Biden can change the decision on Afghanistan, but not cardinally Photo: US Joint Staff/Global Look Press

Russia does not rule out that the elected President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, may change the US leader Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. However, he is unlikely to make drastic adjustments, says Zamir Kabulov, special representative of the Russian leader for Afghanistan, director of the second department of Asia of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

He noted that the next White House administration is likely to revise the parameters for the withdrawal of US troops from the republic.

The change in the US administration is likely to affect the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. <...> Other options are also possible, for example, replacing the regular US Armed Forces with private military companies, which, in our opinion, would be a mistake, RIA Novosti quotes Kabulov.

In 2020, Washington and the Taliban terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) approved the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war in Qatar. The document implies the withdrawal of a foreign military contingent from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue in March after a prisoner exchange deal. Kabulov noted that Russia is ready to continue working with the United States on the Afghan settlement, regardless of who in the new US administration will be responsible for this issue.