US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “the Soviet Union became Russia because of Afghanistan,” reported Khaama.
At a joint press conference with President of Klaus Werner Iohannis, President Trump talked about Afghan conflict and ways to resolve it. When asked about commitment of the US to protect the Afghan government, President Trump responded: “Right now, what we’re doing is we’re negotiating with the government and we’re negotiation with the Taliban, and we’ll see what happens from it, what’s coming from it.”
“I will say this: the Taliban would like to stop fighting us. They would like to stop fighting us. They’ve lost a lot. But we’ll see what happens.”
He went on saying that Afghanistan was a tough place. “The Soviet Union became Russia because of Afghanistan. That’s what happened. Very simple. They became Russia because of Afghanistan. Somebody would say, ‘Oh, well, would Russia go in’ I said, ‘If they want, let them.’ I think they tried that before, however, didn’t work out too well.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website