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.
( AFP )
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