Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov in interview to the American TV channel NBC News June 29, called the nonsense information is the American media that Russia offered the Taliban money for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Peskov said he did not think that this situation is possible in principle. In his opinion, to disseminate this kind of information is absurd.
The speaker of the Kremlin said that it may sound harsh, “but if to speak in diplomatic language, it’s all 100% bullshit”.
On 27 June the newspaper The New York Times first reportedthat according to U.S. intelligence, Russian military intelligence secretly encouraged the Taliban to murder the military from Western countries, including the United States. The publication was unable to ascertain how many Americans were victims of an alleged conspiracy. According to the newspaper the Washington Post, the victims were few.
Russia and the Taliban rejected the information about the conspiracy. The US President Donald trump said that US intelligence does not believe reliable data about the involvement of the Russian Federation to the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
The US sent troops to Afghanistan after the attacks of 11 September 2001. The decision was supported by the United States ‘ closest allies. Officially proclaimed aim of the war was the destruction of the military structure of “al-Qaeda” and deprivation of this terrorist organization positions in Afghanistan by the removal from power in Kabul the Taliban. Now under the control of Taliban is more than half the territory of Afghanistan.
29 February 2020, the U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement about the beginning of the peace process in Afghanistan. It provides for a gradual withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, provided the Taliban would fulfill their part of the deal: will begin negotiations with the Afghan government would abide by the truce and to prevent the use of Afghan territory for activities that threaten U.S. security and its allies.
If the Taliban would fulfill their part of the agreement, the remaining U.S. troops must leave Afghanistan for 14 months.
9 March it became known about the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Over the next four and a half months the number of American troops in Afghanistan should be reduced from 13 thousand to 8.6 thousand