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The Taliban * called the information about Russian payments for the killings of American soldiers a sabotage of the peace process

Suheil ShahinIn move "Taliban"* called unfounded and "erroneous" information that a Russian military intelligence unit (General Staff Directorate, formerly the GRU) paid Taliban-linked militants * for the killings of American troops in Afghanistan

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The Taliban * called groundless and “erroneous” information that a Russian military intelligence unit (General Staff Directorate, formerly the GRU) paid Taliban-linked militants * for the killings of American servicemen in Afghanistan


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The Russian Foreign Ministry called the article “an unpretentious stuffing” that “clearly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of propagandists from American intelligence, who, instead of inventing something more reliable, have to invent such nonsense.”


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The Taliban * called groundless and “erroneous” information that a unit of Russian military intelligence (Main Directorate of the General Staff, formerly the GRU) paid Taliban-linked fighters * for the killings of US troops in Afghanistan. Taliban political office spokesman * Suheil Shaheen said in an interview RIA Novostithat publications about the collusion are “part of a campaign launched by opponents of the peace process in Afghanistan.”

“This erroneous and unfounded information was passed on by the Kabul Department of Homeland Security to some American and European journalists in order to sabotage the peace process. There is nothing in these publications that has anything to do with reality, this is just a campaign against the peace process. And we completely reject all these statements “, – Sahin said.

According to him, the American special services did not ask for information about the alleged collusion of the Taliban * with the GRU, “because they know that it is not true, that it is a fake.” Shahin noted that the Taliban * and the American side are informing each other about various violations through the military’s channel of communication. “But they did not ask us on this specific topic,” says a representative of the political office of the movement.

Shahin also rejected claims that Russia is supplying the Taliban * with weapons. According to him, the movement maintains relations with the Russian Federation only at the political level. In particular, he has opened channels of communication with the Russian Foreign Ministry. Last year, the Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said that Moscow was “ready in principle” to exclude The Taliban * from among the terrorist organizations and to facilitate the lifting of sanctions against the Taliban * if the UN Security Council decides to review the status of the movement.

“We are not talking about military relations, and we categorically reject such considerations. They can also be part of a campaign to break the peace agreement,” Shahin said, referring to the nature of relations with the Russian side.

According to him, the Taliban * receive weapons from the Afghan army. “Somehow there were reports that hundreds of thousands of weapons were lost or stolen from them. So we bought these weapons from them. We captured something (during the battles – RIA Novosti’s comment). So we have a lot of ammunition. And all this was received from the administration of Kabul “, – explained the representative of the movement.

He added that the role of Russia in the Afghan settlement is “very important.” Shahin allowed repetitions Moscow meeting across Afghanistan. “At first, as agreed, there will be inter-Afghan talks in Doha. And after them, the two sides – we and the representatives of Kabul – will discuss and decide where to hold the next round of inter-Afghan talks. One of the possible places could be Russia, Moscow,” excluded Shahin.

In late June, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources, that a GRU unit linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe was paying militants close to the Taliban * for the killings of US and international coalition forces in Afghanistan amid negotiations to end the war. … According to the newspaper, American intelligence reached this conclusion several months ago, partly on the basis of interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the article “an unpretentious stuffing” that “clearly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of propagandists from American intelligence, who, instead of inventing something more reliable, have to come up with such nonsense.”

The ministry suggested that “the American intelligence officers do not like the fact that our diplomats and theirs are jointly promoting the launch of peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban.” And the Russian embassy in Washington complained that the publication of the GRU’s collusion with the Taliban * led to threats against Russian diplomats in the US capital and London.

US President Donald Trump called the NYT publication “another trumped-up Russia-related swindle.” According to him, the intelligence found the information about the collusion between the Russian Federation and the Taliban * unreliable and did not transfer it to either Trump or Vice President Michael Pence. Still, American lawmakers urged Congress hold an investigation on this occasion, accusing Trump of “spreading” before Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The NYT later reported that the Taliban * compensation figures were corroborated by wire transfers from a bank account linked to the GRU, and a former drug smuggler was the main intermediary between the two parties. Thank you dear.

August 7 newspaper reportedthat on July 13, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation, during which the head of the State Department declared that it was inadmissible to pay the Taliban * for the murders of American soldiers. This information contradicts the official position of the White House, which denies the seriousness of the data on collusion between Russia and the Taliban *.


* The Taliban (Taliban) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.

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