Russian payments to Taliban: Moscow denounces “obvious disinformation”
According to the Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, recent publications in the US media about possible Russian bounties to the Taliban are “obvious disinformation”, as US forces “do not want to leave Afghanistan” and “wish to justify their own failure”.
The publications about Russian “secret” payments to the Taliban are explained by the struggle between the parties in the United States. Some forces are not interested in leaving Afghanistan and are trying to justify their failure by using such disinformation, Russian President’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told Sputnik.
“We have already commented on the New York Times publication. Too much hype is created around obvious disinformation that even Donald Trump and his administration have denied,” recalls Zamir Kaboulov.
“This is the struggle between the parties. But I think it is shameful to spend too much time commenting on the lies. It is clear that there are forces in the United States that do not want to leave Afghanistan; they want to justify their own failure. It’s all about that,” he says.
A spokesperson for Russian President Dmitry Peskov also called the New York Times publication “a lie”.
“Once again, we can express our regret that the world’s largest, most respected and most prestigious media outlets have not hesitated in recent years to publish fake news, which does little to help not sure about their reputation and prestige,” said Dmitri Peskov.
Trump denounces ordered item
The New York Times claims in an article published on June 26 that Russian agents have discreetly distributed money to fighters “close to the Taliban” to kill American or NATO soldiers on Afghan soil. The information was later picked up by the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Donald Trump said on June 28 that he had not been “briefed” on possible bonuses paid by Moscow to the Taliban. According to him, this is a new fake news in an article ordered.
The publication of the American newspaper is “yet another intoxication launched in the media space by the American secret services”, lambasted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Russian embassy in Washington, for its part, rejected any “unfounded and anonymous” accusation of Moscow’s involvement in the attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan.
The diplomatic mission demanded that the New York Times stop spreading “fake news that endangers people’s lives.”