To strengthen bilateral trade ties and attract investment in Afghanistan, a Taliban delegation headed by the Taliban Minister of Commerce and Industry is currently in Moscow negotiating with Russian officials and private firms to establish barter trade agreements.

According to the Taliban authorities, discussions with Russia on importing 1 million metric tons of petroleum products are ongoing.

The Taliban have reportedly proposed to trade their medicinal herbs, raisins, and minerals instead of money for Russian products such as oil and other goods. 

The delegation’s chairman, Taliban Minister of Commerce and Industry Nooruddin Azizi was cited by Russian media on Friday as stating that Kabul needs more than 4 million tons of oil, some of which is already purchased from other countries in the region.

The import of more products, such as wheat and sunflower, in addition to oil, is reportedly being discussed by the Taliban delegation in the Russian capital, Moscow.

Russian RIA Novosti quoted the chairman of the Taliban delegation as saying, “since Russia is a friendly country to us, we have come here to reach an agreement on the import of Russian oil and other petroleum products.”

In light of the countries’ “historical experience in mutual barter trading,” Azizi stated, the Taliban’s objective is to import the Russian commodities “on a barter basis.”

This comes as the Taliban inked an agreement to buy 350,000 metric tons of oil from the neighboring Iranian government last month.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).