November 20, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
NEW YORK CITY, United States of America – Russia has condemned attempts to accuse it of supporting the Taliban movement, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at the UN General Assembly’s session on settlement of the Afghan crisis, according to TASS.
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“We consider it unacceptable to launch a deliberate campaign against our country when they groundlessly accuse us of supporting the Taliban, up to financing it and providing regular supplies of weapons. We see it as an attempt to shift the blame to someone else,” the diplomat said.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in support of an effective and lasting settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.
Nebenzya highlighted that Russia was the only country that “consistently and systematically” advocates for “application of a terrorist group definition to the Taliban.”
According to him, such a step “will exclude the possibilities for mitigating the criminal prosecution of its members.”
“We plan to continue insisting on this approach, since we do not see any alternatives and we will never accept loopholes that will allow terrorists to evade responsibility, using the notorious concept of countering violent extremism,” the Russian diplomat said.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.