Washington's allegations that Russia is supplying arms to the Taliban are unprofessional, and there are no grounds for such assertions. So says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as reported by RIA Novosti.
“As for the allegations of supplying arms to the Taliban, which come from the military in Washington and from the military that is leading the US group in the region, including Afghanistan under the command of General Nicholson, they are unprofessional statements and have no basis in fact,” Lavrov said at a news conference after talks with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.
“Whatever negative things are said about Russia, look – there isn’t a single fact that confirms these negative statements. No one has produced any. I am convinced that those in the United States who are paid to deliver reliable intelligence to the leadership know perfectly well that these are false claims,” Lavrov added.
At the same time, Irina Friz, head of the Ukrainian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Defense, said on her Facebook page that several Ukrainian specialized analytical groups are preparing a report which will show that Russia is equipping the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“Even today, several of our joint specialized analytical groups are completing the report, which will confirm the statements of General Nicholson,” the deputy said.
“The Russian Foreign Ministry is misinforming the world community by denying the statements of the commander of the American contingent in Afghanistan, John Nicholson, about Russia delivering weapons to militants of the radical Taliban group. In Russia, it’s common to say that black is white. Only conclusive facts and information can overturn lies and misinformation,” wrote Friz.
General John Nicholson, commander of the military contingent of the United States and NATO in Afghanistan, suggested that Russia could be supplying weapons to the radical Taliban group. The general did not give any details, but noted that he “cannot refute” information confirming that the Taliban is supported by Russia.