Jul 05, 2020 16:52 UTC
  •  US intelligence involved in ‘drug trafficking’ in Afghanistan: Russia envoy

The Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan says the US intelligence has been involved in “drug trafficking” in the country, while dismissing accusations by Washington that Moscow has colluded with the Taliban to kill American troops.

Zamir Kabulov was quoted by Russia’s TASS News Agency as making the comment on Sunday, after The New York Times claimed in an article that Russian military intelligence had offered “rewards” to Taliban-linked militants for attacks on American soldiers and other coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Moscow has vehemently denied the allegations, calling the article fake news.

“Those wonderful US intelligence officers, who accuse us of different things, are involved in drug trafficking. Their planes from Kandahar, from Bagram [airfield near Kabul] are flying wherever they want to - to Germany, to Romania - without any inspections," Kabulov said.

Kabulov underlined that US involvement in drug trafficking to Europe through uncharted planes is an open secret in Afghanistan, saying, "Every citizen of Kabul will tell you that, everyone is ready to talk about that.”

The United Nations says more than 80 percent of the world’s opium is produced in Afghanistan and the bulk of narcotics produced in the country are destined for European states.