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Taliban Signs Deal With Russia

Taliban Signs Deal With Russia

The Taliban has signed a provisional deal with Russia for an annual supply of petrol, diesel and wheat to Afghanistan.

The ministry of industry and commerce said on Wednesday that the agreement included the annual purchase of one million tonnes of petrol, one million tonnes of diesel, half a million tonnes of cooking gas and two million tonnes of wheat.

Taliban Signs Deal With Russia

Akhundzada Jawad, the ministry’s spokesman, said the import process was expected to “start soon.”

The Taliban said they would pay Russia in roubles.

The Taliban’s acting minister of industry and commerce, Nooruddin Azizi, who visited Russia last month, said Moscow had offered the Taliban a discount on average global commodity prices.

Taliban Signs Deal With Russia
Taliban Signs Deal With Russia

Moscow had not commented on the agreement yet. If confirmed, this would be the first major international trade deal for the Taliban since retaking power last year.

Taliban Signs Deal With Russia

With an estimated population of around 40 million, the war-torn nation that was hugely dependent on donations from the international community is suffering from an unprecedented increase in poverty.

The country remained isolated from the West due to the Taliban’s draconian policies against women, human rights issues, and refusal to form a representative government.

Taliban Signs Deal With Russia

Afghanistan is also disconnected from the global banking system.

No country, including Russia, had recognised the hardline regime.

However, Russia was among a handful of countries that had kept its embassy in Kabul open.

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