Russia

Putin denounced idea of sending Afghan refugees to Central Asia countries

19:46, 22 August 2021
Putin denounced idea of sending Afghan refugees to Central Asia countries Photo: kremlin.ru

The Russian President also wants to prevent an influx of combatants disguised as refugees.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin criticized the Western suggestion to settle Afghan asylum seekers in the countries of Central Asia before they can get visas to the EU and the US. The president shared his thoughts during a meeting with the Russian ruling party United Russia.

“So it means that they want to send refugees to our neighbors without visas but oppose accommodating the seekers themselves. That is simply a humiliating way of dealing with the problem.”

The President promised to raise the issue on August 23 during a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military union with includes several former Soviet republics.

Besides, Putin called on the authorities not to let Afghan militants enter the country under cover of refugees, recalling the events of the 1990s, precisely two wars against jihadists in Chechnya. He added that it was important to prevent in the neighboring countries as well.

“We do not want those criminal elements from Afghanistan, from Syria either.”

Several ex-USSR members which do not require a visa to arrive in Russia share borders with Afghanistan.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced during the meeting that the Taliban* have not so far broken their promises to comply with the plans to stop military action in Afghanistan and launch a peaceful dialogue with the former authorities.

At the end of the conference, Putin thanked United Russia and all parties in Parliament that make decisions concerning national security.

The Taliban representatives visited Moscow in 2021 and participated in a peace conference held in Moscow.

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