Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on overall benefits of American military presence in Afghanistan, and that the withdrawal will create many risks.
“On the contrary, when it was announced that the Americans are preparing to withdraw their military contingent – yes, our official position is that maybe this creates additional conditions for a kind of Afghan reconciliation – but I personally think that this creates many risks,” Russian TASS News quoted Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
TASS News reported Putin’s stress over U.S Presence in Afghanistan, “First, we will have to spend more to maintain stability and second, no matter what, still US presence in Afghanistan contributes to stability in the country and their exit creates risks,” Russian President Putin said.
The Russian leader also added to his view, “We don’t have to fight against the Americans’ presence there.”
“We are cooperating with the US despite numerous contradictions on a lot of areas, still cooperation at the level of special services is underway,”
Putin told in a Russian program at Rossiya-1 TV channel, that American have shared data on anti-terror with the Russian government.
“We view the Americans’ effort in Afghanistan as an anti-terrorist effort,” Putin stressed.
Putin noted, “They hand over and repeatedly handed over [data] to us. I thanked incumbent President [Donald Trump] because information that we received from America helped us prevent several terrorist acts in Russia,”.
The Russian president also said, “In our turn, we are trying to do the same and we have such an agreement with the incumbent US president that if this information emerges, we will share it and help each other”.