Russia’s International Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned Tuesday that US forces are “pawning off” Afghans fleeing the Taliban to neighbouring Moscow-allied Central Asia.
Throughout a go to to Hungary, Lavrov mentioned the USA is making an attempt to persuade “a number of Central Asian nations” to soak up Afghans who beforehand labored with US forces within the now Taliban-controlled nation.
He alleged that Washington tells the nations the Afghans will solely be there quickly.
“They are saying it is for a couple of months as a result of they want time to make them visas,” Lavrov mentioned at a press convention together with his Hungarian counterpart in Budapest.
“Afghans who labored with US forces have been in all probability safety checked inside out. Why do you want two extra months to offer these individuals a visa?” he requested, accusing the USA of an absence of respect for Central Asian nations.
Round 1,500 Afghans have crossed into neighbouring Uzbekistan after the Taliban takeover and live in tents close to the border, in accordance with the Afghan embassy in Tashkent.
Lavrov’s feedback come after Russian chief Vladimir Putin complained final week about Western nations making an attempt to put Afghan refugees in Central Asian nations “earlier than acquiring visas to the USA or different nations.”
Putin has warned towards an inflow of refugees from Afghanistan, saying militants may enter Russia beneath the guise of looking for asylum.
A number of former Soviet republics in Central Asia share a border each with Afghanistan and Russia, permitting potential militants to succeed in the nation, he instructed officers on Sunday.
Moscow has been cautiously optimistic concerning the new management in Kabul.
The Kremlin mentioned Tuesday it was “attentively watching” the “disagreements” on whether or not to increase an August 31 deadline for the entire withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.