Russia against placing 'external forces' in Kabul
MOSCOW: The Russian foreign ministry warned on Tuesday against installing "external forces" in a new Afghan government following the Northern Alliance's capture of Kabul.

In Moscow's first official reaction to the Taliban militia's loss of Kabul, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov told the Interfax news agency that the new Afghan administration must be based on a multi-ethnic government.

Losyukov further warned against an attempt by "external forces to place their people in Kabul," Interfax reported. "The repetition of such scenarios, which have taken place in the past, may cause a new explosion in the country," the Russian diplomat said.

It was not immediately clear what specific forces Losyukov was referring to in his remarks. Russia has backed the Northern Alliance throughout the Afghan civil war.
( AFP )