Russian foreign minister offered to enhance Afghan forces' capabilities during a meeting with the visiting Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar on Friday.
Sergey Lavrov also said that Russia was ready to increase cooperation with Afghanistan in the field of trade and economy.
“We remain fully in favour of developing further cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres and in helping strengthen the combat capability of the Afghan security forces and the Afghan army with a view to ensuring in your country,” Lavrov told the senior Afghan official, according to a statement from Russian foreign ministry.
The pledge comes amid concerns by the coalition in Afghanistan and some Afghan officials that Moscow is providing support to Taliban insurgents.
Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations saying that the contacts with the group are limited and that it is aimed only at promoting peace.
“It is very important for us to continue talking about ways to promote national reconciliation in Afghanistan,” Lavrov said. “In recent months, we have taken a whole number of active moves in cooperation with Afghanistan and key outside players.”
The official added that Russia is planning “additional steps” on peace, “and we hope to moblise the will of the international community to move along this path.”
Meanwhile, Atmar appreciated Moscow’s initiative towards regional consensus in Central Asia in order to promote partnership in various spheres.
“Traditionally, Afghanistan carries out a multi-vector foreign policy and Russia is a major factor in our country’s foreign policy,” Atmar said as quoted by TASS news agency. “Russia and Afghanistan have important common interests and our partnership is playing a major role in achieving these common goals. Our cooperation plays an important role in countering terrorism and drug trafficking, in ensuring peace and national reconciliation in our country and in developing trade-and-economic relations.”