Moscow doubts that continued US military presence in Afghanistan will positively affect the situation in this country, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan and head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov said Thursday.
“I don’t know what this will change. I have often said that if 100,000 [military personnel] couldn’t do it, what can be expected from 5,000 or 6,000. This could be a form of moral and political support to Afghan authorities, who believe, for some reason, that continued foreign military presence will make their life easier and help them survive,” Kabulov told RIA Novosti.
According to the diplomat, Kabul and the Afghan people “must first of all rely on their own strength, while the West needs to provide them with real assistance,” such as delivering necessary weapons and sending air force troops when needed.
“And, of course, material assistance, the Afghan government cannot do without this. That would be much more effective than thousands of American soldiers chasing the Taliban on Afghan territory,” he said.