‘U.S. failed in Afghanistan’: Russia

A few days after Moscow hosted landmark ‘peace talks’ on Afghanistan, a senior Russian diplomat said Moscow has offered to broker Afghan peace talks because the U.S. has failed in bringing peace to the war-ravaged country. Russia’s presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said the Moscow conference on Afghanistan held on Friday that brought together representatives from the Afghan government, Taliban and many regional countries marked an attempt to “take a modest first step toward full-fledged peace talks.” Kabulov said on Monday that Russia has sought to contribute to peace efforts because the continuing fighting in Afghanistan threatens the security interests of Russia and its allies in Central Asia.