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Russia rejects EU statement on its relationship with Afghanistan

Russia rejects EU statement on its relationship with Afghanistan

Moscow, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today rejected statements by the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, on the role of Russia in the context of the Afghan conflict, local press indicated.
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The European Union (EU) head of diplomacy said last Thursday that the EU bloc cannot allow Russia and China to take control of the situation in the Islamic nation and be patrons of Kabul.

‘If this is the way the head of foreign policy thinks, I feel sorry for the member countries who are obliged to listen to this philosophy and, apparently, support it as well,’ Lavrov told reporters in Budapest, after talks with his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto.

For the Russian Foreign Minister, the EU should be concerned not with who gets control of Afghanistan, but how the Afghans can calm the situation in their country, Sputnik news agency noted.

The day before, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that Russia ruled out intervening in the crisis in the Central Asian nation to avoid a new civil war in that country.

He said the option was examined on Monday at the meeting by videoconference of the heads of state and government of the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the conclusions indicated that an intervention would create an additional danger for the Islamic nation.

Peskov reported that at the CSTO meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the need to coordinate approaches to the current situation in that Central Asian country before the United Nations Security Council and the Group of 20 (G20 ).

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