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Russia and US to continue contacts on Afghan conflict

Moscow, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today that the situation in Afghanistan requires a continuous exchange of opinions and information between Russia and the United States, through channels established for that purpose.

As an example of such contacts, the politician cited to the press the telephone conversation earlier this week between Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and the U.S. President’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

In another part of his remarks, the head of the presidential press office acknowledged that the coming to power of the Taliban movement and the seizure of control over most of the territory of that Central Asian country is a fait accompli.

However, he stressed that Moscow has not yet recognized the Taliban and is closely monitoring the development of the situation and the next steps of the insurgent group in terms of ensuring order, security of citizens and Russian diplomats.

Asked whether Russia would support that the legitimate command in Kabul belongs to a terrorist organization, Peskov replied that his country is interested in peace and stability in that Islamic nation and its people finally obtain tranquility and security.

He urged that ‘the rivers and seas of opiates heading to the four points stop leaving Afghanistan.’