NATO General says Russia might be supplying Taliban

On Tuesday, March 23, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR) US general Curtis Scaparrotti said during the meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Russia might be supplying the Taliban.

According to Scaparrotti, Russia intensified its relations with the Taliban, which also relates to Russia's statement from 2015 that interests of both sides regarding the situation in Afghanistan "objectively coincide". However, Russia's special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov called the accusations completely untrue. Russian representatives confirmed the existence of contacts between Russia and the Taliban in the past but they also claimed the contacts were limited and aimed only at the joint fight against the Islamic State and bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. It is assumed that the Afghan security forces currently control less than 60% of the country. On Tuesday, March 21, the local government also asked the US to send more troops to the country to fight the Islamists. Moreover, two days later Taliban fighters took control of the key district of Sangin in southern Helmand province.

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