Russia slams Trump, defends Pakistan’s Afghan role after China


MOSCOW Aug 24 (TNS): United States (US) President Donald Trump’s statement about Pakistan has rallied China and Russia to oppose the new US strategy to end conflict in war-torn Afghanistan.

Beijing and Moscow came forward to Pakistan’s defense as Trump unveiled the new strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. Russia echoed a defensive sentiment on Tuesday for Pakistan after Trump’s speech.

Speaking to Russia’s Afghanistan daily, Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov slammed Trump’s criticism of Pakistan and emphasized that Islamabad is a key regional player to negotiate with.

He opined that putting pressure on Pakistan may seriously destabilize the region-wide security situation, resulting in negative consequences for Afghanistan.

On the other side, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended Pakistan and lauded her country’s all-weather friend for its efforts and great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

The spokesperson also called upon the international community to fully recognize Islamabad’s endeavors against terrorism.