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NATO Secretary General: Alliance Learns Lessons from Mission in Afghanistan


NATO is learning from the situation related to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on the eve of the meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

According to him, the analysis continues at this stage and it is too early to draw any conclusions.

The secretary general noted that the alliance was faced with a dilemma in which the withdrawal [военного контингента] meant a return to power [в Афганистане] the Taliban, and a presence would exacerbate conflict and violence.

Stoltenberg recalled that the North Atlantic Alliance decided to withdraw from the operation this summer.

“The learning process should focus on where things went according to plan and where they didn’t. The return of the Taliban is a tragedy for the Afghan people, which we have supported with all our hearts over the years. At the same time, we must not forget that we have made significant strides in Afghanistan. Our efforts there were not in vain. We have prevented Afghanistan from becoming a bulwark of international terrorism. In addition, for 20 years we have been preventing attacks on NATO allies from Afghanistan, ”the Secretary General said.

Stoltenberg also commented on further steps to maintain a dialogue with Russia, which suspended the work of its mission to NATO and the activities of the two structures of the alliance in Moscow.

“We still have ways and channels of communication with Russia. NATO’s approach to Russia is based on two elements: “reliable defense and deterrence combined with a conscious effort to dialogue,” the secretary general said.

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