Russia has cooperated with the Taliban to expedite the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan – Pentagon

The Russian Federation actively worked with a group of “Taliban” in Afghanistan to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. About it it is spoken in the Pentagon report, made public at the request of the U.S. Congress.

“Most likely, Russia continues to support US efforts at reconciliation with the Taliban and hope that reconciliation will prevent long-term US military presence. As of February the Russian government was working with the Central government [of Afghanistan], the countries of the region and the Taliban, to strengthen influence in Afghanistan, to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops and security challenges that may arise as a result of the withdrawal of troops,” – said in the report.

The document also notes that Russia politically supported the Taliban to strengthen their impact on and limit military presence of the West in Afghanistan, at least publicly denies his involvement in the events in the country.

On June 27 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. June 29, the material on this was published in the Washington Post. According to her, the victims alleged conspiracy began a few people.

Russia and the Taliban rejected the information about the conspiracy. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov saidthat it was “bullshit”.

American 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.

However, on 30 June the newspaper the New York Times, citing three related intelligence source said that the US has information about Bank transfers from the account, which controls the Main intelligence Directorate of Russia, to the account associated with the Islamist movement “Taliban”.

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