“The change of the U.S. administration is likely to have some influence on the process of peaceful settlement of the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Kabulov, who also heads the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department, expressed the belief that Biden would only modify some parameters related to the U.S. forces’ withdrawal.
“However, other options are also possible, for example, replacing the regular U.S. armed forces with private military companies — which we believe would be a mistake,” the high-ranking diplomat stressed.
Moscow is ready to continue cooperation with Washington on the Afghan crisis settlement, regardless of whom Biden will appoint as the special representative, Kabulov confirmed.
“I do not know if he retains the post under the new administration.
In February 2020, Washington and Afghanistan’s radical group Taliban signed the first peace deal after more than 18 years of conflict.