The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the rise to power of the Taliban as the most significant geopolitical event since the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
“Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and India, as well as Russia and China are countries with which it will be necessary to conduct more dialogue and insist on the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions. This is the most important geopolitical event since the annexation of Crimea by Russia,” he said to the press-conferences following the meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers.
According to him, the development of events in Afghanistan will affect both the international situation in general and the Western countries in particular.
At the same time, the head of European diplomacy negatively assessed the result of the almost 20-year presence of foreign troops in the country.
“We need to take stock of this operation, which was conducted with unprecedented resources, but ultimately led to modest results, given the instability of the state and security forces in Afghanistan,” he said.
Several weeks ago, against the backdrop of the withdrawal of the American contingent from Afghanistan, the situation in the republic sharply deteriorated: the Taliban launched an offensive on large cities. On Sunday, they took complete control of Kabul and seized power in the country. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled.
Taliban political office spokesman * Muhammad Naim said the 20-year war is over and a new form of government will soon become clear.
At the same time, the vice-president of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh said that in the absence of the president, he is the interim head of state. Individual units of the Afghan army are fighting the Taliban.
* Terrorist organization banned in Russia.