Putin says US presence in Afghanistan achieved nothing but tragedy

19:59, 01 September 2021
Putin says US presence in Afghanistan achieved nothing but tragedy Photo: kremlin.ru

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the actions of the United States in Afghanistan have led to nothing but a tragedy along with deaths on both sides. 

He also said that the result of the American policy in the war-torn country is a clear example of how it is impossible to impose foreign values on other nations. 

"U.S. forces were present on this territory for 20 years and for 20 years tried ... to civilise the people who live there, to instil their own norms and standards of life in the widest possible sense of this word, including when it comes to the political organisation of society," said Putin during his speech in front of teenagers at a school facility. 

"The result is only tragedies and losses of life for those who did it, the United States, and even more so for those people who live on the territory of Afghanistan. The result is zero, if not a negative one all round," he added.

Putin’s claims come amid a rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan. 

The Taliban* has got almost full control over the country following the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan.

The sweeping offensive of the Taliban has led neighboring countries to improve their defenses and to deploy more troops along their borders. 

Russia held joint drills with countries like Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to exercise maneuvers that will be intact in case the Taliban decide on advancing beyond the borders of Afghanistan.

Earlier, the Russian Federation also announced that it will reinforce its military base in Tajikistan with 17 infantry fighting vehicles.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries