At present, ISIS poses a serious threat to Afghanistan and the countries of the region, primarily Central Asia, stated Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov in an interview with the TASS.
“The group seeks to gain a foothold on Afghan territory and discredit the current leadership of the country, demonstrating its inability to fully ensure security,” he added.
Commenting on the raising terrorist activity of ISIS, the Deputy Minister mentioned such blatant acts of violence as the terrorist attack near the Russian Embassy in Kabul, attacks on an educational center in the Shiite district of Kabul and a hotel in the capital where mainly Chinese citizens lived, an explosion at the Afghan Foreign Ministry, an assassination attempt on the Pakistani chief diplomat.
The Russian Foreign Ministry nevertheless expresses optimism that Kabul would have the resolve to uphold its commitments to prevent the spread of the terrorist threat from Afghan soil.
However, Syromolotov asserts that Moscow is aware that the Afghan government’s potential is limited by a complete lack of funding, primarily as a result of financial constraints imposed by the US and its allies. ///nCa, 30 January 2023