The withdrawal of US and NATO cooperation with Russia on Afghanistan under the pretext of the fall in Ukraine unproductive, said Deputy defense Minister Anatoly Antonov.
"We regard as counterproductive actions of the USA and NATO in the reduction of interaction with the Russian Federation on Afghanistan," said Antonov in the interview to RIA " Novosti ".
Speaking about the results of the 13-year stay of the international forces of assistance of security in Afghanistan, Antonov stated that they failed to fulfill its mandate of the UN security Council. He said that the Danger from the Taliban persists, the militants of the armed opposition increasingly began to engage in direct clashes with government forces, take entire neighborhoods and towns." A new factor that have the potential to influence the situation in Afghanistan becomes the development in Iraq and Syria, "Islamic countries" - said Antonov." To this we must add the continuing presence in Afghanistan of al-Qaida. It is impossible not to pay attention to new alarming news - radicals began to move into the camp of the "Islamic countries" - said Antonov. According to his statement, under the control of the terrorist organization "Islamic state" is located a few million people, thirty percent of the territory of Iraq and a quarter of Syria. It has at its disposal considerable financial resources derived from illicit oil sales, and trafficking in persons and objects of historical value. An important source of radical religious foundations parts of the region." All this makes it possible not only to hold the captured territory, but also to expand the area of influence. Metastases to regional terrorism today observed in Libya and Mali. Provides information about the creation of the group "Islamic country" in Afghanistan ", - said the Deputy Minister of defence." An increased danger for the Russian Federation and its allies is the escalation of tension in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan with its possible "overflow" in Central Asia. Fixed signs of deterioration of the situation in the Afghan-Turkmen border, " - said Antonov. Remember, December 9 was declared that NATO and the United States officially ended its military mission in Afghanistan, where there will be only support contingent. The mission is to support military power of Afghanistan, which is a war officially began on 1 January 2015. In 2014, ended the military phase of the operation of the U.S. and its NATO allies in Afghanistan. The Alliance was preparing to withdraw from this state until the end of the year. Then in Afghanistan, there were 12 thousand American soldiers training Afghan troops and police, which is supposed to completely take on their own shoulders ensuring security in the country. March 24, the White house talks with President Barack Hussein Obama with Afghan leadership of the country said that in Afghanistan remain 9, 8 thousand American soldiers.