Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Joe Biden was right to take American troops out of Afghanistan but criticized the “mess” that the U.S. withdrawal left behind. Moscow has been seeking to expand its influence in Afghanistan following the seizure of power by the Taliban and the exit of most western diplomats from Kabul.
On Wednesday, a Taliban delegation took part in talks in the Russian capital about the future of the country under the so-called Moscow format, which includes India, Iran, China and Pakistan. During a question and answer session after his speech at the Valdai Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin backed Biden’s decision over the controversial U.S. withdrawal.
“Of course, the President of the United States…did the right thing to withdraw his troops from Afghanistan,” Putin told the forum on Thursday, according to a transcript on the Kremlin website. Putin said Biden “probably understood” even if he did not know “in detail” that he would face criticism domestically for the move, but “he went for it, accepted it and took on this responsibility. “He did the right thing in deciding to withdraw troops but now, of course, we all need to look to the future.”
Source : NewsWeek