Russian Foreign Ministry on Afghanistan and Nord Stream 2

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) explained the following about Afghanistan’s interim government:

It’s members are “acting cabinet members…indicat(ing) that (Afghanistan’s new) government and vertical hierarchy of power…is far from complete.”

“It cannot be ruled out” that as other officials are announced ahead, governance will be inclusive as promised.

Russia supports inclusion of all ethnic groups and political interests, MZ saying:

“We believe this to be the only possible way of achieving lasting peace and accord in Afghan society and of ensuring the peaceful recovery in the country.”

Russia is a longtime contributor of humanitarian aid to the country and its people through the UN, MZ explaining:

Along with its own contributions, Moscow called on other nations to aid the nation and its people, including millions of refugee casualties of US/NATO aggression.

In stark contrast, hegemon USA and its key imperial allies show contempt for long-suffering Afghans — notably the Biden regime by freezing billions of dollars in Afghan assets, along with blocking IMF/World Bank aid.

On Monday, Russia will participate “in a high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in Geneva,” MZ explained.

It’ll be held under the auspices of the UN in Geneva.

At this time, Russia is maintaining contact with Taliban representatives through its Kabul embassy — formal recognition of its government not extended so far.

Separately, MZ explained that construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed, adding:

“(M)illions of European consumers in the near future will be able to receive Russian gas along the shortest, most economical and environmentally friendly route.”

“It’s time to stop creating obstacles to this important project.” 

“It’s time to agree on reasonable, mutually beneficial parameters for the operation of the pipeline.”

Separately, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said readily available Russian “gas is needed” by Germany and other European countries.

When operations begin, Russia and consuming nations will be winners.

On Friday, Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller said that “at 8:45 AM this morning Moscow time, work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed.” 

The final segment of pipe, labelled number 200,858, has been welded into place.

A major triumph for Russia and its European customers, the completed pipeline soon to be operational is a major defeat for hegemon USA.

According to historian Tarik Cyril Amar, the project went “from pipe dream to pipeline.”

Despite all-out US efforts to undermine its completion, it’ll soon be delivering plentiful supplies of Russian gas to Germany and the continent hungry for it.

MZ noted that “construction of one of the world’s largest energy infrastructure projects” was completed despite fierce opposition from “detractors.”

“The carbon footprint of gas transport through Nord Stream 2 is more than five times lower than alternative routes.”

It’ll “improve Europe’s energy security for decades to come.” 

It “was built with the latest technology and meets all international standards.” 

Because “major European energy companies participated in financing the project and that hundreds of European contractors were engaged in the construction process, Nord Stream 2, just like its predecessor Nord Stream 1 is, in fact, a positive example of mutually beneficial partnership between Russia and Europe, which we are willing to build based on the principles of respect for one another’s interests and mutual benefit.”

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.