During the meeting of the heads of the CIS countries, Putin expressed his understanding of “the need to interact with the Taliban, but we should not rush,” explaining that “it will be difficult for the Taliban to give up a source of income such as drug smuggling.”
Putin said that there are 2,000 ISIS fighters in northern Afghanistan, whose leaders plan to influence other countries and regions in Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin has no plans to meet the Taliban delegation, which will arrive in Moscow this month to participate in meetings on the situation in Afghanistan.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also confirmed, earlier, that “Moscow will study the possibility of recognizing the authority of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan after the formation of an inclusive government in which all parties in the country participate, and its commitment to its promises on combating terrorism and drug smuggling.”
On the other hand, Putin noted the importance of the ceasefire regime in force in the disputed Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia, praising the role of Russian peacekeeping forces in supporting the truce there.
Regarding the statements of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the Russian peacekeeping forces, Putin said: “This once again confirms the wisdom of Russian proverbs. A bad peace is better than a good war; The good thing in any dispute is reconciliation.
Putin also pointed out that the Russian peacekeeping forces guarantee the validity of the agreed truce in Nagorno-Bagh, help deliver humanitarian aid, remove mines, rebuild basic infrastructure, and provide medical support to citizens on both sides of the line of contact, not to mention its contribution to the return of more than 52 A thousand displaced to their homes.