“We note the US attempts to prevent the disruption of the direct intra-Afghan dialogue. However, the US played a part in the current aggravation of the political standoff in Kabul by de facto recognising one of the presidential election candidates as the winner,” the Foreign Ministry of Russia said in a Twitter post.
This comes as tensions remain high on political level following the controversial announcement of presidential elections and parallel presidential inaugurations by both Ghani and Abdullah.
Reacting to the tensions, Washington announced late last month that it is cutting $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan, warning that a further reduction of $1 billion would follow if the tensions are not resolved.
The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit late in March amid growing tensions political level in Afghanistan.
Citing a former senior official and foreign diplomat, the NBC News reported that Pompeo delivered a message from Trump to the feuding leadership of the Afghan government, telling them they should resolve their differences and broker a deal with the Taliban or the president could not only cut $1 billion in financial aid to Afghanistan but also could pull all U.S. troops out of the country.
Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, a member of the electoral team of Abdullah Abdullah, has said a plan is under review to form a partnership government with Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
In a video message released last week, Tahyanj said the key members of the electoral team of Abdullah will review the plan which will later be presented to Ghani.
He did not disclose further information regarding the plan but warned that the supporters of Abdullah are prepared for further actions if Ghani rejects the proposed plan for partnership.
Tahyanj also added that the plan has been prepared based on the repeated request of the international community, specifically the United States.