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Russia Demands ‘Balance of Power’ in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: May 15, 2019)

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said on Tuesday that the country’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have discussed Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, and Iran, quoted in a report by the Russian TASS news agency.

Russia and the United States should cooperate more actively on settlement in Afghanistan, Ushakov said as quoted by TASS.

“On the issue of Afghanistan, the (Russian) president and the (US) secretary of state also noted rather good cooperation between specialists of our countries. Moreover, our president noted that settlement in Afghanistan is a rather complicated issue as the process itself is difficult. At the same time, the positions of the Taliban are getting stronger,” Ushakov said.

“We need to step up cooperation and try to achieve the balance of power in this country,” he added.

On April 25, representatives of Russia, China, and the United States held a trilateral meeting in Moscow on the situation in Afghanistan.

After the talks, the sides called on the Taliban to join talks with the Afghan authorities as soon as possible.

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