Russia Warns West Against Blocking Afghanistan’s Gold Reserves

Russia has urged Western countries not to freeze Afghanistan’s gold and foreign exchange reserves abroad following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

In an interview with the state-run Rossiya 24 broadcaster, Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, warned that such a move ultimately harms ordinary Afghans.

“If our Western colleagues really care about the fate of the Afghan people, then there is no need to create additional problems for them in the form of freezing the gold and foreign exchange reserves of the Afghan state,” Kabulov said

Shortly after the Taliban’s shock takeover of Kabul, the Biden administration froze about $9.5 billion of the Afghan government’s reserves in U.S. banks, including $1.3 billion worth of gold reserves in New York. The International Monetary Fund has also blocked Afghanistan from accessing the lender’s resources. 

In the same interview, Kabulov said that Moscow is actively forging ties with the Taliban as the country considers it important to maintain good relations with any government in power in Afghanistan.

“We have had long-standing relations with [the Taliban], we will continue to forge these ties,” Kabulov said.

Russia has not yet recognized the authority of the Islamist militant group, which is officially considered to be a terrorist organization by Russia and banned within its borders. However, Russia’s leadership has repeatedly said it was open to working with the Taliban, describing its members as “reasonable people.” 

At the same time, top Russian officials including President Vladimir Putin have raised concerns that the instability in Afghanistan might spill over to neighboring countries in Central Asia, a region of strategic importance to Russia.  

On Monday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said around 500 Russian motorized infantry troops carried out drills in the mountains of Tajikistan which neighbors Afghanistan.

(c) The Moscow Times

10 comments

  • “If our Western colleagues really care about the fate of the Afghan people, then there is no need to create additional problems for them in the form of freezing the gold and foreign exchange reserves of the Afghan state,” Kabulov said.

    The Afghans already have problems, it’s called the Taliban. Of course Russia would love the terrorists to get these frozen assets in exchange for Russian help.

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  • A new terror state, armed to the teeth with modern US weaponry; stuff that Ukraine can only dream about, is now becoming a Russian client state. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • On August 30, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with veterans of the Great Patriotic War in Volgograd. During the meeting , the foreign minister said that external attacks on Russia’s historical past are aimed at rewriting history and politically weakening the country. Among other things, Lavrov said that “attacking Stalin as the main villain,” as well as “lumping together” everything that Stalin did, is also part of an attack on Russia’s past. “History, of course, must be perceived in its entirety, in all its ambiguity, its complexity, ” the minister said .

    OFF TOPIC: LAVROV: CALLING STALIN A VILLAIN IS AN ATTACK ON RUSSIANS GREAT PAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • The Talibans need the foreign exchange reserves to buy Russian arms

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  • англійський масон

    No prizes for guessing who wants to steal the Afghan Gold.

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  • In Russia the Taliban stands on the list of terrorist organisations.

    What says the Nazzi: “We have had long-standing relations with [the Taliban], we will continue to forge these ties,” Kabulov said.

    Why the truth and reality is the always the oppostie in The Russia?

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  • “’We have had long-standing relations with [the Taliban], we will continue to forge these ties,’ Kabulov said.”
    That’s no surprise. Birds of a feather flock together. The crime syndicate-fascist nation called the Russia has always supported terrorists because it is itself a terrorist entity.

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  • August 30: What you need to know today
    Russia on Monday reported 18,325 new coronavirus cases and 792 deaths.

    You KNOW WHAT IS FUNNY: FOR 3 WEEKS EVERY DAY THIS FIGURE IS THE SAME…………………(ALREADY A REASON ITS A FAKE NUMBER)

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