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Prevent humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan: Russian PM urges

Written by The Frontier Post

MOSCOW (TASS): The situation in Afghanistan raises concern, it is important to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in this country, said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, speaking at a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
“Regional conflicts are escalating. The state of affairs in Afghanistan, which is experiencing an acute socio-economic crisis, is a matter of serious concern. It is important to prevent the situation in this country close to all of us from sliding into a humanitarian catastrophe,” the prime minister said.
Mishustin recalled that on the instructions of President Vladimir Putin, Russia sent the first batch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
He added that other SCO states are also providing support to the Afghan people.
“It is in our common interests to ensure peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Afghan state so that it becomes free of terrorism and drugs. This is necessary for the safe and stable development of our entire region. But, of course, the main responsibility for post-conflict reconstruction should be borne by those countries, whose actions have led to the current tragedy”- said Mishustin.
Speaking about the international agenda, the head of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers noted that over the past few years the world has faced profound systemic changes. The coronavirus pandemic, he stressed, has led to a recession in key sectors of the world economy and an increase in unemployment, international value chains have been disrupted, and trade and investment have decreased.
“It is impossible to name a simple and external conjuncture. Western partners often use methods of unfair competition in order to maintain dominant positions, protectionist measures and illegal unilateral sanctions are expanding,” the prime minister said.

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