Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Varshinin said that it is too early for both Russia and India to recognize the interim government of Afghanistan but added that they will continue providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister expressed the remarks in New Delhi on Monday, January 31, 2022, following consultations between the Russian and Indian Foreign Ministries.

Varshinin said that the positions of India and Russia are the same and identical and that it is premature to discuss recognition of the interim government in Afghanistan.

“We expect the current Afghan leadership to fulfill the obligations they have assumed, especially with regard to the inclusivity of the government and with regard to other measures, including in the human rights area.” Said the Russian Deputy FM.

The Russian diplomat also criticized the 20-year presence of the US and its allies in Afghanistan that caused the deplorable situation in Afghanistan especially form a human rights perspective.

This comes as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has always said that their interim government is fully inclusive and that they have fulfilled the criteria for recognition.

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