MOSCOW, Aug.22 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected the idea of sending evacuees from Afghanistan to countries close to Russia, saying he did not want “militants showing up here under covered with refugees, ”Russian news agencies reported.
Putin has criticized the idea of some Western countries to relocate refugees from Afghanistan to neighboring countries in Central Asia while their visas for the United States and Europe are being processed.
“Does that mean that they can be sent without a visa to these countries, to our neighbors, when they (Westerners) do not want to take them without a visa? The TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying that the leaders of the ruling United Russia party.
“Why is there such a humiliating approach to solving the problem? ” he said.
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Putin said Russia, which allows visa-free travel for residents of ex-Soviet Central Asian countries, is against it.
“We don’t want activists showing up here under the guise of refugees,” Putin said, quoted by TASS.
As some Western countries rushed to evacuate people from Afghanistan, Moscow praised the Taliban for restoring order after taking control of the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Taliban leadership has so far kept their promises.
“We see the statements of the Taliban on the cessation of combat actions, an amnesty for all those involved in the confrontation, on the need for a dialogue at the national level … they are being implemented,” he said. he told RIA.
Lavrov said the Taliban had started contacts with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Giles Elgood
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