Afghanistan consultations in Moscow postponed indefinitely
Russian ministry of foreign affairs confirmed shifting of the date of Afghanistan consultations that should have been held in Moscow on September 4; new date will be agreed via diplomatic channels, RIA Novosti reports. On Monday, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone talk with the Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani. “We discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation on Afghanistan settlement including regular session of the Moscow format of Afghanistan consultation under co-chairmanship of the two states. The president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan principally supported the idea of organizing Moscow meeting and suggested to postpone it due to necessity of formulating consolidated position of the Afghan party on this issue, including current personnel changes in security cabinet of the Afghan government”, says the statement. The parties agreed “on joint elaboration of new date of meeting via diplomatic channels”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. Last week, official Kabul stated that it is not planning to participate in the so called Moscow format Afghanistan meeting in Russia on September 4 because the Taliban delegation might attend the conference. Along with that, Moscow and Kabul exchanged a number of rough statements on the Afghan settlement. Last weekend, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghan president’s national security advisor resigned office. According to the media, it happened because of his disagreement with the course of the president Ashraf Ghani. On his post, Atmar visited Moscow several times and held negotiations with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of RF Security Council, and with Sergei Lavrov, head of the Foreign Ministry. Acting ambassador of Afghanistan to the USA is expected to hold his post.
Aiming to settle the Syrian crisis, Russia organized conferences in Sochi against the Geneva conferences. However, every time its attempts were fruitless. Also, seemingly, Russia’s above ambitions to accommodate the opposing forces in Afghanistan might turn futile. The Afghanistan government is completely controlled by the United States (economically, politically and in terms of military). Although Russia considers Central Asia as a region under its control, it has almost no influence on Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Afghanistan is becoming a strategically important region. For this reason, Russia now will intensify its provocative strategy in order to organize civil disorders in Afghanistan. Russia will try to implement its goal near its military bases close to Tajikistan border.