Former Afghan president says only Russia can help Afghanistan


KABUL (TCA) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a television interview over the weekend that the US is responsible for the death of Afghans and is behind the Afghan crisis and that only Russia can help Afghanistan, TOLOnews reports.

Speaking to Russia’s NTV, Karzai said countries such as the US and the UK cannot help Afghanistan in its anti-terror efforts.

Only Russia can help Afghanistan in counterterrorism efforts, not the United States that have been killing Afghans for the past 17 years and is behind Afghanistan crisis, Karzai said.

“Neither the Brits, who we have kicked out of the country several times, nor the Americans (can help Afghanistan) as they’ve been killing us for 17 years; only Russia can (help). We (Afghanistan) are the last barrier from terrorists. We’ve been fighting continuously for a century and a half. If you (Russia) create new relationships with Pakistan and Afghanistan, you can help,” said Karzai.

Karzai went on to say the US used Afghanistan in the war against the Soviet Union and also created al-Qaeda in military camps in Pakistan.

“Americans lie when they say that al-Qaeda emerged as the result of your [Russia’s] invasion. They used the war to develop al-Qaeda in military camps in Pakistan. They wanted to be the only superpower and they did it. The USSR collapsed and one of the reasons was the Afghan war,” Karzai said.

A number of Afghans however criticized Karzai for his remarks and said the crisis started when the Soviet Union invaded the country.

They said Karzai backs Moscow for his personal interests, not for the sake of national interests.

Sergey Kwan