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24 November 2017 Last updated 18 minutes ago

Russia defend Pakistan after US criticism

Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov File photo Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov

Russia came forward in support of Pakistan after President Trump accused Islamabad of harbouring militants.

Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov lambasted Trump’s Pakistan strategy and insisted that Islamabad is “a key regional player to negotiate with.”

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“Putting pressure [on Pakistan] may seriously destabilize the region-wide security situation and result in negative consequences for Afghanistan,” said Kabulov.

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After the Trump administration neglected Afghanistan, both China and Russia started negotiations with Pakistan to resolve Afghan issue in Decemeber 2016.