Terrorism in Afghanistan may spread to Kashmir: Kudashev said counter-terrorism cooperation was a key part of the Indo-Russian dialogue at various levels, and that Moscow wanted a comprehensive government in Kabul to ensure stability and sustainable development in Afghanistan.
Russia and India are sharing information about the spread of terrorism from Afghanistan to Russian territory or Kashmir, Russian Ambassador Nikolai Kudashev said in the wake of the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul on Monday.
“Counter-terrorism cooperation is a key part of the Indo-Russian dialogue at various levels, and Moscow wants an integrated government in Kabul to ensure stability and sustainable development in Afghanistan,” Kudashev told reporters during an interaction at the Russian embassy.
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Separately, Bangladesh Information Minister Hassan Mahmood, who is on an official visit to New Delhi, told reporters at the Press Club of India that his country was closely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan as it had implications for regional stability.
“We are keeping an eye on it. Stability in Afghanistan is important for stability in the South Asian region,” Mahmoud said. He said it was too early to talk about the identity of the organization set up by the Taliban.
Speaking to reporters at the event at the Russian Embassy, Kudashev said Russia was working closely with India to combat the threat of terrorism emerging from Afghanistan. He said an outbreak of civil conflict would spread terrorism across the region.
“As far as the terrorist phenomenon is concerned, we share our concerns with India. There is a risk of terrorism … it could spread to Russian territory, to Kashmir,” he said.
“We want an inclusive government and we hope that Afghan soil will not be a source of terrorism for other countries in the region,” he said.
“Thus, it is a matter of general concern and it is an ongoing dialogue between Russia and India on multiple frameworks, including the bilateral counter-terrorism working group, [or] the National Security Council track [or] defense track ministers [and] foreign ministers,” he added.
Russia’s main concern is stability in Afghanistan and building a comprehensive government that can “present itself to the international community for recognition to achieve stability and sustainable development,” Kudashev said.
According to him, the letter was not a signal of a formal antitrust investigation into Afghanistan, but rather a signal of a formal antitrust investigation into the allegations.
“These are fundamental values that unite Russia and India. I do not see much difference in our positions,” Kudashev said. They are also cooperating on Afghanistan within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and its Working Group on Afghanistan.
Kudashev said it was too early to talk about recognizing the setup created by the Taliban. “The new Taliban distribution must prove that it is a responsible government, that it can build a comprehensive gov, that it can take care of every minority, that every region in Afghanistan, that it can build as envisioned. Foreign relations … with the regional and international community,” he said.
“If the same happens, we can look back at this question,” he added.
Kudashev’s remarks came in the wake of some unrest in New Delhi over Moscow’s efforts to work more closely with Islamabad on the Afghanistan issue. India has been sidelined from several recent meetings of the “expanded trinity” format hosted by Russia and Pakistan is part of these talks.
Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Jameer Kabulov, also said that India had not been invited to attend the “extended triangle” meetings because it had no influence over the Taliban.
In response to questions, Kudashev said he expects India and Russia to hold multiple bilateral talks this year, including the annual bilateral summit, 2 + 2 dialogue between the ministers of defense and foreign affairs, and meetings of the military and technical commission, trade, and finance commission. , And other expert-level groups. These conferences will focus on challenges such as UN reform, strategic stability, emerging regional structure in Asia and the Pacific, and terrorism, drug trafficking, and crime.
He noted that there were “enormous opportunities” for bilateral cooperation in defense, oil, and gas, nuclear power, space, infrastructure, and connectivity. He said the Russian proposal to build six new nuclear reactors was still “on the table” and “the Indian government needs to take a decision” on the matter.
Kudashev said Russia expects to deliver the first batch of S-400 air defense systems under a $ 5.4 billion deal by October. “There are no issues when it comes to the timeline. It will be displayed at the appropriate time,” he said.