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Difficult choice: Stoltenberg assessed the risks of NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan

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When deciding on the future fate of the NATO contingent in Afghanistan, one should take into account the likelihood that after its withdrawal, the country may turn into a haven for radical groups. This means that the leadership of the alliance will have to make difficult choices.


Thus, the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg assessed the risks of the upcoming withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan during an interview he gave to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

The head of the alliance believes that he will have to choose: either to continue his military participation in the intra-Afghan conflict, or to withdraw the contingent with the risk that Afghanistan will turn into a base for international terrorism.

There is no easy choice.

- noted the NATO Secretary General.

At the same time, he stressed that none of the member countries of the alliance seeks to stay on Afghan territory longer than necessary. The head of NATO also noted that the level of violence from the Taliban (a terrorist group banned in Russia) against doctors, judges and journalists is not decreasing, although the Taliban promised to reduce it.

Stoltenberg explained that the discussion of the need for the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan is connected with the upcoming meeting of the leadership of the alliance with the new American administration, where this topic will become one of the main ones.


Last year, the first meeting in 18 years between representatives of the United States and the Taliban took place. The parties agreed on the withdrawal of the US military within 14 months, the exchange of prisoners and the beginning of a peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces of Afghanistan.

It is clear that Stoltenberg will make the decision that will be released from the United States in the form of a directive, where they themselves have not yet decided what to do with the military presence in Afghanistan.
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  1. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 14 February 2021 15: 36
    +2
    It looks like they got stuck there, and everyone taught us. Only they destroyed the country again, well, they can't do it normally. They got used to it as with the Indians, those who disagree with them should be dead. The state where they come should be a vassal. Now they will have the Afghan syndrome, their Vietnamese has already disappeared.
    1. Asad
      Asad 14 February 2021 15: 57
      +3
      Destroyed? When was Afghanistan a flourishing country?
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 14 February 2021 16: 32
        +3
        At least we built something for them. Even the Mujahideen now admit it.
      2. Crimean partisan 1974
        Crimean partisan 1974 14 February 2021 19: 26
        +2
        When Afghanistan was a flourishing country? ...... just under striped ... poppy fields are just wonderful from space
    2. Cron
      Cron 14 February 2021 15: 59
      0
      Quote: tralflot1832
      and everyone taught us.

      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 14 February 2021 16: 19
        +1
        I watched this rzhak at the premiere in Wild Aires! Whoever expected that they would get this, and the Rambs retired and there is no one to save, even in Hollywood, even in Afghanistan!
      2. Ros 56
        Ros 56 14 February 2021 17: 53
        +2
        Frankly, Andersen wrote fairy tales much better. laughing
      3. Disant
        Disant 14 February 2021 20: 16
        -1
        hands off Rambo! more than one generation has been brought up on it! waiting for the next series)))
  2. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 14 February 2021 15: 38
    +4
    News about what? Will US withdraw troops from Afgan? And will they throw drug traffic to Europe? These are bees against honey ... Where will NATo go? If the US leaves, NATO will run away themselves, but if it is the other way around ... You understand yourself.
  3. Sergey39
    Sergey39 14 February 2021 15: 52
    0
    Stoltenberg needs to be more persistent. You cannot withdraw NATO troops from Afghanistan.
  4. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 14 February 2021 16: 01
    +5
    they themselves created the Taliban and most of the radical Islamic groups (including for the fight against the USSR / Russia) and released them into the World ... only now the "creatures" have healed an independent life after having tasted power and blood ... and put them on requests and agreements with the non-negotiable USA and other Nata ...
    The East is a delicate matter ... here a crowbar cannot solve a lot ... and the West has never really bothered to learn about the region ...
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 14 February 2021 16: 22
    +1
    And the game is bad and their mine is lean ...
    What will happen after that ... yes, the same as before.
  6. cniza
    cniza 14 February 2021 16: 23
    +2
    Last year, the first meeting in 18 years between representatives of the United States and the Taliban took place. The parties agreed on the withdrawal of the US military within 14 months, the exchange of prisoners and the beginning of a peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces of Afghanistan.


    Read capitulated, NATO led by the United States lost ...
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 14 February 2021 16: 28
      +1
      We are waiting for shots of the evacuation of the American embassy by helicopters.
      1. cniza
        cniza 14 February 2021 17: 14
        +3
        They have enough time, though Biden can replay everything ...
        1. businessv
          businessv 15 February 2021 13: 38
          +1
          Quote: cniza
          They have enough time, though Biden can replay everything ...
          I think you are right! He does everything "not like under Trump," even if it is contrary to common sense. smile If Trump was going to withdraw troops from Syria, then the sleepy one is already building a new base there!
  7. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 14 February 2021 16: 30
    0
    It is easy to enter Afghanistan, but it is not so easy to get out of it. He has shown this more than once. Especially the British did not do badly in the 19th century.
  8. Andrea
    Andrea 14 February 2021 16: 55
    +2
    You might think that this is not a terrorist base now. It seems that they are tired of protecting themselves, that heroin is not a joy either.
    Who will be left with this abscess? Apart from China, there are no candidates, if they don't sign, we will have a hard time, there is no hope for the CSTO.
  9. NF68
    NF68 14 February 2021 16: 58
    0
    It’s time to admit that it was not necessary to go there at all.
  10. Outsider
    Outsider 14 February 2021 17: 09
    +1
    - They will withdraw the troops from there and Russia and all the former Soviet republics of Central Asia will remain "face to face" with the Taliban.
    The desire of the glorious dews for the US and NATO troops to get out of Afgan is the stupidest thing you can imagine!
  11. HAM
    HAM 14 February 2021 17: 12
    0
    I always wondered: why are there women defense ministers in most EU countries?
    Now I realized that it is easier for Stoltenberg to broadcast the teams from the United States to them, and about the Afghan, too, so that everyone in NATO is smeared ...
    And second: any Minister of Defense can blurt out anything, and then, making surprised eyes, say: "What did I say? Just think!" ..... Surely every man has come across this .......
  12. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 14 February 2021 17: 16
    +2
    I propose: by means of the VTA of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to transport detachments of Pashtuns, Majahideen to the EU. Together with weapons. Offer various refreshments during the flight. Landing - at the airport in Paris, for example. Well, or Berlin.
  13. u-345
    u-345 14 February 2021 17: 24
    +7
    the level of violence by the Taliban (a terrorist group banned in Russia) against doctors, judges and journalists is not decreasing, although the Taliban have promised to reduce it.

    That is, should be a bit less violent?
    No, cho normally so agreed.
  14. andrewkor
    andrewkor 14 February 2021 18: 37
    0
    Uzbekistan, together with Pakistan, will build a railway from Mazarisharif to Peshawar, more than 600 km. They will negotiate with everyone, both "right" and "left".
  15. agoran
    agoran 14 February 2021 21: 10
    +1
    The withdrawal of American and NATO troops is not beneficial for the Russian Federation.
    At the very least, the fighting distracts the "soldiers in slippers" from the southern provinces.
    Westerners spend Dengs on the maintenance of bases, training, equipment of the so-called Afghan army. And this is good.
    IMHO.
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 15 February 2021 15: 51
      0
      US and NATO troops are protecting the unprecedented increase in the production of dope in Afghanistan, putting this wave of drugs on an industrial track. They also prevent any friction between the producers of rubbish. Like - focus on production, loafers! As soon as NATO gets out of there (eh, dreams!), Drug producers will immediately fight, in the process of which their production will immediately drop tenfold. At the same time, it will be possible to completely calmly bomb poppy fields, destroy any gangs with aircraft, fill the fields with genetically modified seed products. If our goal is to stop or at least reduce the flow of drugs that comes to us from Afghanistan, then the withdrawal of NATO and US troops from there is just a dream ...
  16. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 15 February 2021 15: 47
    0
    This means that the leadership of the alliance will have to make difficult choices.
    Yes, the choice is not easy. I directly sympathize with Stoltenberg. On the one hand, there is a well-established business - the sale in Europe and the United States (however, no one will allow it to revenues from the United States, of course) seas of drugs from Afghanistan, which are transported from there by military aircraft. Despite the lion's share of the profits that the CIA takes for itself, Stoltenberg and his comrades are getting well.
    On the other hand, all these citizens, who are demanding to explain louder and louder - what kind of angel is NATO doing in Afghanistan ?! The troops are sitting there on their money, on the taxpayers' money!

    Sitting between chairs of two dilemmas
    Not worth a broken sous
    The slightest shift and the whole system
    Bursting!
    Well ... on weight ...
  17. Pavel57
    Pavel57 16 February 2021 00: 21
    0
    Change the drug field again,