Russia Opposes US’ Plans for Regional Bases

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KABUL: Zamir Kabulov, the Russian envoy to Afghanistan, vehemently opposed the US plans of relocating its military bases in Central Asia to oversee Afghanistan after its completed withdrawal in his recent interview with RIA, a Russian news agency.


He said the US could not and should not set regional military bases stating, “We have already sent such a signal to Washington at various levels. I hope it will be heard.”


He expressed Russia’s support of an interim government in Afghanistan, saying, “The final decision on the configuration and parameters of the future power structure should be made by Afghans themselves.”


Kabulov implied the potential for continued peace negotiations, telling, “We continue to work together in the format of an expanded ‘troika’ with the participation of Russia, the United States, China, and Pakistan.”


“We do not rule out the convening of its next round in the near future. In addition, we keep in mind the possibility of organizing another meeting of the Moscow format, which, as you know, unites all the countries of the region around Afghanistan, as well as the United States,” he said.


With more than half its troops withdrawn already and rumors of completing its withdrawal in mere days circulating, the US is looking into potential plans to set regional bases overseeing Afghanistan.