Kremlin says Russia will not take part in Afghan government inauguration

The Kremlin said on Friday Russia would not take part in any way in the Taliban government’s inauguration ceremony in Afghanistan.

The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said earlier this week that Russia would be represented at the inauguration by ambassador-level officials, the RIA news agency reported.

Foreign countries have greeted the make-up of the new government in Afghanistan with caution and dismay on after the Taliban appointed hardline veteran figures to top positions, including several with a US bounty on their head. No women was named in the new interim government

This time round, the Taliban have made repeated declarations that they will not carry out revenge attacks on opponents, and women will have access to education and some employment.