US trying to take root in Central Asia after Afghanistan fiasco: Russia
Russia has denounced the United States' ongoing talks with Afghanistan's neighboring countries to create military bases as well as centers for refugees, saying Washington is seeking to take root in Central Asia following its withdrawal from the war-ravaged country, where it has faced a complete failure.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the remarks in a press conference on Wednesday, saying it is no secret that these talks "are rather assertive and intrusive."
"The US declared far and wide that they are leaving Afghanistan. And this is true. But at the same time, they are holding talks with all the countries neighboring Afghanistan on creating some logistical centers and bases for pulling out equipment from there, and of course, establishing centers that could admit refugees from Afghanistan, people who the US cooperated with for many years over there," he said.
"I can say one thing here, and it’s simply logical: why are you withdrawing if you basically stand there behind the fence, trying to look through the gaps to see what is going on over there? Why leave then? To literally remain on the border? The answer is absolutely clear: this is an attempt to take root in the Central Asian region. Naturally, after losing everything that can be lost in Afghanistan," he added.
Shoigu said that it was hard to find a place on the planet "where the US came and stayed for a long time with good consequences," citing Syria and Libya as examples, where Washington's presence has led to no good.
"In Syria, for example, the country is being blatantly plundered, with oil and other natural resources brazenly exported, without the knowledge of the Syrian state and with no benefit to it," he said, adding that with regard to Libya, the war-battered country has been still split in two to this day.
This comes as the Russian defense chief had warned earlier in the day that members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group are moving into Afghanistan from Syria, Libya, and several other countries.