Putin criticizes the US’s “bad” involvement in Afghanistan, citing “tragedies and losses.”
VLADIMIR PUTIN has criticized the United States’ conduct in Afghanistan, claiming that the US has achieved “nothing.”
On the first day of school in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday, President Putin, 68, declared that the United States’ two-decade campaign in Afghanistan had been in vain.
Both the Afghan people and the United States have suffered “sheer catastrophes and losses,” according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“American troops were present on that territory (of Afghanistan) for 20 years, and over those 20 years, they were trying – this can be said without offending anyone – to civilize the local people, but in fact, to impose their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of the word, including the political organization of society,” the 68-year-old said, according to Reuters.
“The only consequence is catastrophes and losses for those who were doing it – for the United States – and, in particular, for the people who live on Afghan territory.
“If not negative, this is a zero result.”
It is “difficult to impose anything from the outside,” he stressed.
The last American troops left Kabul airport late Monday, marking the first time since 2001 that no American troops remain in the nation.
The Taliban took control of the country when the United States withdrew.
More than 114,000 people, including 5,000 Americans, had been evacuated from the city as part of the US operation.
The militants were driven out not long after the US invaded in 2001, and the departure has been widely criticized.
The Biden administration has stated that it expects the Taliban to let US citizens and other anyone in danger in the country to leave safely.
Thousands of people are still at risk in the country, despite the fact that the last army left late Monday.
Interpreters who have previously worked with the US military, journalists, and women’s rights activists are among them.
Because their destiny remains unknown, there is concern that they will be targeted by the Taliban.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia would not intervene in Afghanistan because the country had learned from the Soviet occupation.
After a decade-long conflict, Russia and Afghanistan agreed to remove Soviet soldiers from Afghanistan in 1989.