Russia fears about Afghanistan’s future after 2014
Sun Jun 17, 1:44 pm
Russian Ambassador in Afghanistan warns he sees no reason that Afghanistan will remain stable after NATO forces leave this country.
During his visit to Mazar-i-Sharif, the Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Andrei Avetisyan expressed his country’s fears that Afghanistan may become the center of terrorism after withdrawal of international community in 2014.
The security threats would probably increase to Russia if the insurgents re-influenced in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014, Avetisyan voiced concerns.
He stressed the need for greater focus on training Afghanistan’s Army and Police in order to let the Afghans provide their security themselves.
“Russia is worried that the foreign forces might not be able to completely root-out the terrorism from Afghanistan until 2014. Therefore, we demand serious attention in training and equiping Afghan troops. Russia is ready to train the Afghan Army in various important military parts,” the Russian Ambassador said expressing fears about the re-emergence of the terrorist after the withdrawal of NATO combat forces.
During the meeting with the governor of Balkh, Avetisyan said his country would help Afghanistan but would never send its troops to that country.
He said Russia was ready to reconstruct the projects that it made during USSR time.
“Russia is ready to repair all the projects which it executed during the Soviet Time, the two key projects, ‘Kod wa Barq energy station and Salang Tunnel’ which was built forty years ago by a Russian company,” Russian Ambassador said expressing willingness to Afghanistan’s reconstruction.
The Governor of Balkh Atta Muhammad Noor hoped Russia would practically act on its commitments for the reconstructions and would also keep supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014.
The people of Afghanistan are highly concerned about the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014. They fear whether the Afghan forces can provide overall security once the foreign troops leave this country.