Taliban control half of Afghanistan, warns Russia


TASHKENT - The Russian officials are saying that the Taliban group has control over half of Afghanistan’s territory as they insist on intra-Afghan peace talks to end the conflict.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, in his speech at the Tashkent conference on Afghanistan , claimed that the Taliban group has fully or partially control over half of the territory of Afghanistan .

He said the group continues to conduct military and acts of sabotage which have resulted into the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan .

He also insisted that achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan was only possible by launching a constructive dialogue beteween the Afghan government and the Taliban group.