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The main goal of the contacts with the Taliban* — the security of the Russians in Afghanistan and assist in the process of notprimarily in the country, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
«Also, unfortunately, we are constantly forced to react and refute the insinuations about our contacts with the Taliban. I would like to reiterate that the main purpose of these contacts is to ensure the security of Russian citizens who are in Afghanistan and promote national reconciliation process in this country, » Zakharova said at the briefing.
In Afghanistan there is a confrontation between government forces and the radical Taliban*, which, according to the latest data, controls about 50% of the total territory of the country. Parallel to this, its influence in Afghanistan increases, the terrorist group ISIS*. Throughout the country carried out large-scale operations against extremists.
*Terrorist organizations, banned in Russia