The US leadership and intelligence services were aware of the situation in Afghanistan, but did not want to admit the truth about the current state of affairs. This was announced by the director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) of Russia Sergei Naryshkin on Friday, September 24.
“Again, the CIA [Центральное разведывательное управление] is part of a larger mechanism, and I am convinced that the US leadership had all the intelligence on the ground [в Афганистане] and potential events, ”Naryshkin emphasized in an interview with RT.
However, according to the SVR director, the parties did not take into account their own capabilities. Naryshkin pointed out that they “did not want to face the truth.”
Earlier, on September 21, the Secretary of the Security Council (SB) of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev stressed that Washington remains the main instigator of unrest in the world. As a result, as the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia pointed out, it is not individual states that suffer, but a chain reaction of destabilization in the regions is triggered.
On September 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that after leaving Afghanistan, the United States left behind an open “Pandora’s box” full of problems related to terrorism, extremism and organized crime. According to him, the need to help Afghanistan find peace and stability is a common interest of the countries.
The day before, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the United States and its allies should bear the bulk of the costs of post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The situation in Afghanistan escalated in May 2021 after the start of the withdrawal of American troops who had been in the country since 2001. Militants of the Taliban movement (recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in the Russian Federation) launched an offensive on the country’s major cities and entered Kabul on August 15, announcing the end of the war. On September 18, it became known that the final formation of the cabinet of ministers for the Taliban may take several months.
On August 31, US President Joe Biden, in his address to the nation on the completion of a 20-year military operation in Afghanistan, indicated that the mission to withdraw the American contingent from the country was “incredibly successful.” He also called the United States military mission in Afghanistan the longest war in US history.