IEA’s recognition not on Russia’s current agenda: Kremlin

The question of recognizing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government is not on Moscow’s current agenda, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

“It is not on the current agenda. We have said this many times. It is useless to make any forecasts,” Peskov said.

This comes after Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said earlier this week that Moscow might recognize the IEA government.

“There is such a possibility. Its conditions were determined by both the Russian president and foreign minister,” Kabulov told the Russian state TV Channel One Russia.

On April 6, the Russian Foreign Ministry also recognized the IEA’s charge d’affaires in Moscow.

At the time, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described this as a step towards the resumption of full-fledged bilateral diplomatic contacts.