Pompeo accused Russia of selling weapons to the Taliban
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the confrontation between the US and Russia in Afghanistan and accused Moscow of selling small arms to the Taliban (the Taliban movement is prohibited in the Russian Federation). The head of American diplomacy said this on July 1 during a press conference broadcast on Twitter: “Russians have been selling small arms (to the Taliban) for 10 years, which threatens the lives of Americans. We objected to this, ”he explained. According to Pompeo, he spoke about this every time he met with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
As the diplomat added, Russia and the United States in Afghanistan partly have the same interests in reducing the terrorist threat.
Pompeo did not comment on media reports that Russia allegedly paid rewards to the Taliban for attacks on the US military in Afghanistan.
On June 27, The New York Times published material stating that Russia allegedly offered the radical Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) a reward for US opposition. After that, the newspaper The Washington Post, citing sources, said that several US soldiers died due to “conspiracy.”
A few days later it became known that US President Donald Trump was not informed about these allegations. Pentagon chief spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the agency continues to verify the information.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called allegations of sponsoring Taliban militants false.