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Russia says Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan is 'dead end'
August 24, 2017 / 1:01 PM / a month ago

Russia says Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan is 'dead end'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), in Moscow, Russia August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow believes that Washington’s bet on using of force in U.S. President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan is “a dead end”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference on Thursday.

Trump has approved an extended American presence in Afghanistan, although neither he nor his military leaders have provided any specifics about troop numbers or timelines.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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