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Working in Kabul is Similar to Being in ‘War Frontline’: Russian Envoy

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov says that working in Kabul is similar to being on the ‘frontline of war’ due to extremely volatile security situations.

The Russian Ambassador elaborated that one needs to be extra careful, and use armored vehicles, safety helmets, and armored vast. Indeed, the contemporary situation suggests that diplomats live behind a massive wall wired with razor blades, in Afghanistan.

In an interview with the Russian Zvezda TV channel, he said, WEestern diplomats repeatedly admitted that while going out they believe they are under arms. He further added that diplomats should basically work in frontline-like conditions.

Mr. Zhirnov said that Russia wants to rescue Afghanistan from suffering further instability, and positive engagements have already begun with the country’s new leadership.  

His remarks came as the Russian Embassy in Kabul was bomb-attacked by Islamic State militants, which caused the death of two top-ranking Russian diplomats on September 5, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that terrorist groups including Al-Qaida are rapidly regrouping in Afghanistan, whereas, Taliban authorities reject such claims and reiterate that they would not allow insurgent groups to revive in Afghanistan or use Afghan soil against other countries.  

Due to the deteriorating security situation, certain foreign embassies have closed in Kabul over the recent past. Saudi Arabia was one the first countries to evacuate its employees to Islamabad and closed its diplomatic mission in Kabul on February 7 mainly because of security threats, and there was no word about their possible return to Kabul.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that earthquake-hit Turkey and the United Arab Emirates want to minimize their diplomatic activities before closing their embassies in Kabul.

Since the overthrow of the previous government on August 2021, security remains a major challenge for the ruling regime. The Russian Embassy, Pakistani Diplomatic Mission, and a Chinese-run hotel in the heart of Kabul have come under terror attacks, claiming many lives people.

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