Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that they are not imposing any conditions on the Taliban and added that they are declaring their objectives themselves which are fighting terrorism and drug trafficking.

The Russian foreign minister arrived at the collective security treaty organization (CSTO) meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Wednesday, September 15.

Sergey Lavrov said that the Taliban’s commitment to fighting terrorism and drug trafficking is welcomed by them as other countries do.

“They (Taliban) assured everyone they will do everything to prevent threats on neighboring countries. We support most other countries and welcomed such an approach.” Said Lavrov.

The Russian foreign minister though did not say anything about recognizing the Taliban, acknowledged they will observe how the Taliban will implement their commitments.

In the meantime, the Chinese foreign ministry said that their embassy in Kabul is operating as normal and they will maintain engagement with the Taliban.

Spokesperson of Chinese foreign ministry Zhao Lijian called on the US to release billions of frozen dollars of Afghanistan as this is the asset of the Afghan people.

The apparently soft stances of the US’s archrivals in the region come at a time as the US has called on the world not to recognize the Taliban until they meet conditions.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.