During a meeting with representatives of the ruling United Russia party, the Russian president spoke about the possibility of refugees entering the countries neighboring Central Asia. “How do we know who these refugees are?” – He was asking. He further stressed that Russia “does not even have visa restrictions with its closest allies and neighbours.”
“We do not want to repeat at least a little what happened in the 1990s and mid-2000s, when military operations were already taking place in the North Caucasus,” Putin said. “No one wants her to come back, so we don’t need such elements from Afghanistan or other countries,” he stressed.
He also stressed that the issue of refugees from Afghanistan will be a priority for the Russian Foreign Ministry. He declared that Moscow, in liaison with Western countries, would do everything in its power to ensure stability in Afghanistan.
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