Russia considering removing ‘Taliban’ from terrorist list

Russia considering removing 'Taliban' from terrorist list

MOSCOW, MAY 27: The Russian Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs have presented President Vladimir Putin with a proposal to potentially remove the name ‘Taliban’ from the list of designated terrorist groups.

According to TASS news agency, Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special representative for Afghanistan, stated that many government institutions in the country have supported this decision.

Kabulov also mentioned that although the “Taliban” have come a long way towards recognition since their rule in Afghanistan, there are still some “hurdles.”

TASS, citing Zamir Kabulov, said: “The Taliban government has come a long way towards being recognized since it came to power in Afghanistan in 2021. But there are still a few hurdles to overcome, after which the Russian leadership will make a decision.”

Javid Momand, a university lecturer, told TOLOnews: “If Russia decides to remove the names of senior members of the Islamic Emirate from the blacklist or sanction list, I think this will have an impact because Russia is a military power today.”

The Islamic Emirate has not recently commented on this; however, it had previously stated that if this decision is implemented, trust between the two countries will increase.

Aziz Maarij, a former diplomat, said: “Indeed, if Russia wants to remove the Taliban from the terrorist blacklist, this will bring Russia closer to the Islamic Emirate, and the world will also grant a privilege to the Taliban and recognize them as rulers.”

TASS news agency had previously reported that the Russian Foreign Ministry is reviewing the removal of the Taliban from the list of terrorist groups.