Putin slams ‘negative’ US involvement in Afghanistan – ‘tragedies and losses’

VLADIMIR PUTIN has bashed Washington’s actions in Afghanistan, saying the US has achieved “zero”.

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President Putin, 68, spoke on Wednesday at the Russian city of Vladivostok on the first day of school when he stated the United State’s two decade campaign in Afghanistan was in vain. The Russian President said that the 20-year military involvement has resulted in “sheer tragedies and losses” for both Afghan people and Washington.

According to Reuters, the 68-year-old said: “American troops were present on that territory (of Afghanistan) for 20 years, and over those 20 years they were trying – this can be said without offending anyone – to civilise the local people, but in fact, to impose their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of this word, including the political organisation of society.

“The only result is tragedies and losses for those who were doing that – for the United States – and especially for the people who live on the territory of Afghanistan.

“This is a zero result, if not negative.”

He added that it is “impossible to impose anything from outside”.

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President Putin

The Russian President said that the 20-year military involvement has resulted in “sheer tragedies” (Image: Getty)

US troops

As the US completed its withdrawal, the Taliban was left in control of the country (Image: Getty)

On late Monday, the last US troops left Kabul airport and for the first time since 2001 no American troops remain in the country.

As the US completed its withdrawal, the Taliban was left in control of the country.

More than 114,000 people have been evacuated out of the capital as a part of the US effort, including 5,000 US citizens.

The US ousted the militants not long after first invading in 2001 and the withdrawal has now been faced with widespread criticism.

The Biden administration has said that it expects the Taliban to allow safe passage for US citizens as well as other at-risk people in the country to leave.

Afghanistan conflict timeline

Afghanistan conflict timeline (Image: Express)

Tens of thousands of at risk people still remain in the country after the last troops completed the withdrawal on late Monday.

These include interpreters who worked with the US military in the past, journalists and women’s rights activists.

There are fears these people may be targeted by the Taliban as their fate is unclear.

Last week, the Russian President said that Moscow would not interfere in Afghanistan as the country had learned from the Soviet occupation of the country.

Russia and Afghanistan clashed in a decade-long war which resulted in Soviet troops withdrawing from Afghanistan in 1989.

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