MOSCOW – Russia has no intention of sending troops to Afghanistan and "sees no reason to consider such a move," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday.
"I think sending Russian troops to Afghanistan is completely out of the question. We see no reason to consider such an approach, "said the minister, adding that security cooperation between Russia and Afghanistan is strengthening. "We have been cooperating with the Afghan government in the security field for a long time, this cooperation is strengthening and reaching a new level.
But for Russia, the military presence is not an option, "said the diplomat.
The Russian official reacted to recent statements by US President Donald Trump stating that Afghanistan's neighbors (Pakistan, Russia and India) should engage in the war in Afghanistan. The US President also announced at the end of December that the United States intended to withdraw half of the 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan.