The Pentagon cannot confirm reports that Russian intelligence agencies have conspired with militants of the Taliban terrorist organization (banned in Russia) in Afghanistan. This is stated in a statement by Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
“To date, the Department of Defense has no evidence to support recent allegations found in reports from open sources,” Hoffman said. At the same time, he noted that the Pentagon continues to study intelligence that “Russian GRU officers were involved in malicious activities against US forces and the coalition in Afghanistan.”
The Hill reports that US senators will have access to intelligence documents related to the alleged collusion of Russia and the Taliban. Senator Lisa Murkowski clarified that they are likely to be able to familiarize themselves with several documents in a “secure room.”
On June 27, The New York Times (NYT), citing sources, wrote that in Washington a few months ago they had learned about the Taliban’s secretly proposed remuneration by the Russian military intelligence for the killing of military coalitions in Afghanistan. According to the interlocutors of the newspaper, information was disclosed, including during interrogations of Afghan militants.