MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian embassy in Kabul alleged Monday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled from Kabul with four cars and a helicopter full of cash, Russia’s command news agency RIA Novosti reported.
The narrative quoted embassy spokesman Nikita Ishchenko as announcing that “the crumple of the regime … is most eloquently characterised by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars had been crammed with money, they tried to shove another portion of the money correct into a helicopter, but no longer every little thing match. And a few of the money became left lying on the tarmac.”
Requested by The Associated Press about how he knew the info of Ghani’s departure, Ishchenko acknowledged “effectively, we are working right here,” without offering to any extent further info. The AP couldn’t independently verify his claims.
Ghani left Kabul on Sunday as the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital. Media reports urged that the president went to the neighboring Tajikistan or Uzbekistan, but there became no official affirmation of his whereabouts.
Kremlin envoy on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov on Monday described Ghani’s flight from Kabul as “disgraceful,” adding that Ghani “deserves to be introduced to justice and held to blame by the Afghan participants.”
Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov told the Ekho Moskvy radio living that, judging by the first 24 hours of the Taliban’s alter of the Afghan capital, “elegant now the inform in Kabul is more healthy than it became beneath Ashraf Ghani.” “Beneath the terrorist Taliban it’s better than beneath Ghani,” Zhirnov acknowledged.
Moscow’s criticism of Ghani, whose authorities had the reinforce of Washington, comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the United States.
Moscow fought a 10-300 and sixty five days war in Afghanistan that ended with Soviet troops’ withdrawal in 1989 and has made a diplomatic comeback as a mediator, reaching out to feuding Afghan factions because it has jockeyed with the U.S. for affect within the nation.
It has hosted a number of rounds of talks on Afghanistan, most no longer too prolonged within the past in March, that enthusiastic the Taliban — even supposing Russia has labeled them a terrorist organization.