Putin says US achieved ‘zero’ in Afghanistan

Putin says US achieved ‘zero’ in Afghanistan

Putin says US achieved ‘zero’ in Afghanistan

America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan ended in tragedies and achieved nothing, says Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding the US army’s attempt to ingrain their norms in Afghanistan was futile. 

Putin said, in a meeting with Russian teenagers, “American troops were present on that territory (of Afghanistan) for 20 years, and over those 20 years they were trying – this can be said without offending anyone – to civilise the local people, but in fact, to impose their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of this word, including the political organisation of society.

“The only result is tragedies and losses for those who were doing that – for the United States – and especially for the people who live on the territory of Afghanistan. This is a zero result, if not negative.”

It is “impossible to impose anything from outside”.

Putin is no stranger to criticising the West for trying to impose their values on non-Western nations and Moscow regularly slammed US policy in Afghanistan, which is now controlled by the Taliban. 

“The result is sheer tragedies, sheer losses, both for those who were doing that – the US – and more so for the people who live in Afghanistan. A zero result, if not negative,” Putin said.


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