New Delhi, dated 17 August 2021, Tuesday

Russia, like China and Pakistan, is indicating its readiness to recognize the authority of the Taliban.

Russia has praised the Taliban’s stance and the Russian ambassador to Afghanistan has said the Taliban’s stance has been positive. In the last 24 hours, the Taliban has made Kabul safer than its predecessors.

On the other hand, India has not yet given a statement recognizing the Taliban government, but Russia’s statement is a setback for India.

“The situation is peaceful and good and the situation in Kabul is better than the previous government under the Taliban regime,” Zhirnov, Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan, told a radio station in Moscow. The government in Afghanistan has fallen like a card. There was anarchy in the previous government. A power vacuum was created and looting was going on in the streets.

While other countries are scrambling to bring back their citizens and diplomats, Russia has said it has assured the Taliban that the Russian embassy is safe and can continue to operate.