Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Assertive Russia Weighs Afghan Perils, Past And Present

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 16 October 2015

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the direction of Afghan-Russian relations:

“I think Russia will not get more involved in Afghanistan directly, but it is already increasing its role as supplier of military hardware,” says Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul. “This will not only be welcomed by the Afghan government but also by Washington.”

(The additional comment that the US weapons suppliers will welcome this less has not been used here. Also that Russia uses Afghanistan’s insecurity as a means of re-establishing lost influence in the Central Asian republics.)