Russia removes Taliban from list of banned groups

Sathia Kumar

Russia is going to remove the Taliban from the list of banned terrorist organizations. Russia is making such a decision three years after the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. Russia’s state-owned news agency Ria Novosti confirmed the information on Monday.

RIA Novosti quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying that Kazakhstan recently decided to remove the Taliban from the list of banned terrorist organizations. Moscow is also going to make that decision.

Many are questioning whether Russia’s move with the Taliban, which is in Afghanistan’s ruling seat amid Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, will trigger a major diplomatic score. Moscow has cultivated ties with the Taliban over the years, holding multiple rounds of talks and increasing trade with Afghanistan despite international sanctions.

Many analysts say the move could further strengthen diplomacy between Russia and Afghanistan. However, this may not be enough for official recognition of the Taliban government and the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’.

Meanwhile, Russia has also invited Taliban representatives to its flagship St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, state media reported.

Incidentally, after 20 years, on August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Then in early September, the Taliban announced the first cabinet of the interim government. However, despite the formation of the government, no country in the world has yet recognized the Taliban government.

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