MOSCW (TASS) – The United States and its coalition allies should assume the main obligations and expenses for the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov on Friday.
“According to our firm conviction, the main obligations for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, first of all financial, should be undertaken by the United States and its allies, whose twenty-year presence has brought this country to the critical line,” the Russian leader stressed.
According to the president, Russia is ready to continue joint work with Turkmenistan and other partners, including within the framework of the Moscow format of consultations, on the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan and the integration of this country into regional infrastructure and logistics projects.
“During the exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan, both sides noted the importance of ensuring stability and security in this country, solving acute socio-economic problems and neutralizing threats emanating from the Afghan territory,” Putin said, adding that it is primarily related to terrorism.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration was still scrambling to organize the evacuation of allies from Afghanistan merely hours before the Taliban took over Kabul in August, leaked notes from a White House meeting indicate.
Axios obtained the notes from a White House Situation Room meeting on August 14, 2021, which showed officials still discussing the details of what needed to happen just hours before the Taliban secured Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul on August 15.
The U.S. evacuation of Kabul, which took place between August 15 and August 30, 2021, was heavily criticized for appearing ill prepared and disorganized.
At least 183 people – including 13 U.S. troops – were killed at Kabul Airport in a bombing by Daesh on August 26 as evacuations entered their 12th day.
Days before, at least seven Afghan civilians were killed in a stampede at the airport, while at least another seven died just days before that incident as thousands of Afghans attempted to cling onto a U.S. Air Force plane leaving the country.