Russia says it will study Taliban's actions before deciding on recognition

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wearing a protective face mask attends Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, in Moscow, Russia December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Russia has yet to determine its position towards the Taliban, and will see how they act toward the Afghan population and Russian diplomats, President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson said on Thursday.

"We think that the Taliban's dominance, the de facto rise to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan and them taking most over the country under their control is de facto an accomplished process," Dmitry Peskov told a briefing.

He said Moscow now wanted to see how this would translate into the security situation for the Afghan people and Russian diplomats in the country.

Moscow is interested in peace and stability in Afghanistan and will likely continue contacts with Washington on issues arising there, he added.

"The situation certainly requires exchange of opinions, exchange of information, so, of course, it is highly likely that such contacts will continue," Peskov said.

Four Russian military planes evacuated Russian and other nationals from Kabul on Wednesday on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow held military exercises involving its tank forces in neighbouring Tajikistan. read more

Meanwhile, Russian ally and Afghanistan's northern neighbour Tajikistan this week warned it would not recognise an exclusively Taliban government.

Reporting by Dmitry Antonov Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by John Stonestreet and Toby Chopra

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