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Russian foreign intelligence chief talks about coop with India in Afghan theatre

By ET News

Russia’s foreign intelligence chief says his organisation is in close contact with the Indian security establishment over the fast deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, a comment that signals closer security partnership between the two nations.

Sergey Naryshkin, who is director of Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said the SVR and the Indian security agencies not only share intelligence but also hold expert consultations on how the situation will unfold in Afghanistan.

“On the whole, developments in Afghanistan are unfolding according to a crisis scenario. The situation is getting worse every day, the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) is taking control of more and more areas of the country and Afghanistan’s future appears to be quite murky,” Naryshkin told Russia’s official news agency TASS last week. Naryshkin had in June warned about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan even before the Taliban launched the current surge.

“We do maintain contact with many intelligence agencies in the countries of the region, first and foremost, with our friends from Central Asian countries, CIS members, our Chinese colleagues, as well as with our colleagues from Pakistan, India and Iran. We not only share intelligence but also hold expert consultations on how the situation will unfold in the country.”

It may be recalled that NSA AK Doval had in June held an over two-hour-long dialogue with his Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev in Dushanbe on a variety of subjects including the Afghan situation amid the Taliban surge as well as counter-terror cooperation.

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