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SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/09/afghanistan-taliban-central-asia-russia/
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But Washington’s relations with Russia are now in a deep freeze.Temur Umarov, of the Carnegie Moscow Center, wrote that Washington would have to prove to Central Asian leaders that the financial and political benefits of hosting a U.S. base would outweigh the problems they would face by angering Russia and China, which also has a growing presence in the region.“That won’t be easy,” he concluded.Biden forcefully defends Afghan pullout despite Taliban gainsThe Biden administration has reportedly asked the leaders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to help by temporarily hosting Afghan families with members who worked with the United States as interpreters, drivers or other roles.During talks in Moscow on Thursday, a Taliban delegation from the group’s political office in Qatar promised Russian officials that the group would not threaten any CSTO countries, officials from both sides said.At a news conference, Taliban representative Mohammad Suhail Shaheen added that the Taliban would fight Islamic State affiliates, calling them “alien” to Afghanistan.“We guarantee that our territory will never again be used against a third country,” another Taliban official, Shahabuddin Delawar, told reporters.Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan puts key cities at risk of being overtakenShaheen also said the group would not target those who worked for U.S. forces.“These contacts are necessary against the backdrop of the tense situation in Afghanistan and the situation unfolding on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.It blames the United States.

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