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Russia ready to work with Afghanistan’s leaders if people support them — UN envoy

September 18, 2014, 21:58 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
Speaking at a UN Security Council session on Afghanistan, Vitaly Churkin said that Russia called on Afghanistan to settle the crisis around the presidential elections peacefully
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UNITED NATIONS, September 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is ready to co-operate with any government in Afghanistan given that it has support of its own population, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday.

Speaking at a UN Security Council session on Afghanistan, Churkin said that Russia called on Afghanistan to settle the crisis around the presidential elections peacefully.

“The majority of population and main political forces in Afghanistan need to recognize the polls results,” the diplomat said. “Evidently, a solution to the issue about the would-be president should be found exclusively inside the country.”

On June 14, the run-off in Afghanistan’s presidential election took place, sharpening the stand-off between the two candidates — former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani.

The candidates refused to recognize the outcome accusing each other of fraud. An audit of disputable votes was finished but it failed to bring to an end the presidential race officially started on February 1.

The lengthy political crisis has already withdrawn five billion U.S. dollars from the Afghan budget and put the country on the brink of bankruptcy.

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