Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that the mission of the United States and NATO in Afghanistan has failed, adding that the Afghan government is basically not in control of the situation.
The latest developments in Afghanistan’s border areas and “the massive exodus of Afghans” to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan prove that agreements between the US and the Taliban movement (banned in Russia) “are not being implemented,” Shoigu told the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting, as cited by Sputnik news agency.
Shoigu added that the situation in Afghanistan “is rapidly deteriorating and is practically out of control of the authorities, and the Taliban already control most of the territory.”
He also warned that fighters of ISIL Takfiri group are moving into Afghanistan from Syria, Libya and several other countries.
“Of particular concern is the strengthening of the positions of ISIL (Tafkiri group) and other international terrorist organizations, which has led to an increase in the threat of their penetration into neighboring countries,” Shoigu added.
In this context, he said that Russia would provide its ally Tajikistan with military assistance from its base there should any security threats emanate from Afghanistan, Interfax news agency reported.