9/17, 1:09 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Putin: US 'opened Pandora's box' in Afghanistan

Russia's President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday that the United States and its allies left an "open Pandora's box" in Afghanistan, with the region now poised for an increase in terrorism, drug trafficking, and religious extremism.

Putin commented on the situation with the Taliban, saying that, while the new government cannot be called "representative" nor "inclusive," nations will have to work with them as they are "practically the sovereign master of the country." Furthermore, on the topic of recognition, he said that there should be a coordinated effort on the issue.

Lastly, Putin noted that he supports an international donor conference for Afghanistan, organized under the United Nations. He reasoned that a lack of funds in the country could push the Taliban to start dealing more in drugs and arms in order to raise money.

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