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‘Need To Deal With Reality’: Russian Prez Putin Calls For Moscow To ‘Build Up’ Ties With Taliba

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for Moscow to "build up" relations with the Taliban government. This comes as a Taliban delegation visits Russia on Wednesday. He said that the Taliban government is in power in Afghanistan, and there is a need to deal with reality. Speaking at a meeting with foreign news outlets, the Russian President said, "We have always believed that we need to deal with reality. The Taliban are in power in Afghanistan... We have to build up relations with the Taliban government," as quoted by news agency AFP.  Putin’s remarks came on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on Wednesday. Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow planned to take the Taliban off its...