The US Department of Defense says that Russia does not do enough to fight terrorism on its own territory.
“The US and many in the (Central Asian) region are concerned about the radicalization taking place in Russia. Russia criticizes the countries that help Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism, but does not do enough to address the problem of radicalization and recruitment of terrorists within its borders,” Pentagon Spokesperson Lieutenant Col Kon Faulkner said in reference to the information on the large number of immigrants from Russia and CIS countries in the ranks of terrorist groups, including in Afghanistan.
Faulkner refused to talk about the total number of militants of the “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Afghanistan and stressed that the US will continue to work with its Afghan partners to reduce the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan after the support of terrorists from Iraq and Syria is weakened.
Earlier in May, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, speaking in Dushanbe, said that Afghanistan was turning into a base for international terrorism.
According to him, in Afghanistan there are from 4,000-10,000 active ISIS terrorists, with almost half of them are concentrated in the northern border of the country.