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Russia moves to take control of Afghan talks after Taliban takeover | Source: Intellinews

Russia moved to take control of talks with the Taliban following the fundamentalist insurgent group’s sudden dramatic takeover of the country on August 15 by proposing to restart the Moscow format talks with the new leadership in Kabul. Sergei Lavrov has invited China, Pakistan, India, the United States, Iran, Russia and the Afghan conflicting parties to participate in the “Moscow format. Russia is interested in developing its influence in Central Asia as it has a shared interest in opening up the region to trade in SE Asia as an export route for its energy as it anticipates falling demand for oil and gas in Western Europe.

Source: Intellinews


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