The terrorist movement "Taliban" has concluded a preliminary agreement with Russia on the supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan. The Acting Minister of Trade and Industry of Afghanistan, Haji Nooruddin Azizi, spoke about this in an interview with Reuters.
According to him, the ministry is working to diversify its trading partners, and Russia has offered the Taliban administration the most favorable terms compared to average world prices for raw materials.
As noted by Reuters, this is the first known major international economic deal made by the Taliban since they came to power more than a year ago. This agreement could weaken the international isolation of the Taliban at a time when Afghanistan was effectively cut off from the global banking system.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021 after the US military left the country.
In Russia (as in many other countries), the Taliban have been labeled as a terrorist movement, and state-owned media have been instructed to remove the appropriate labeling from stories about the Taliban. Instead, when mentioning the Taliban, it is necessary to write a footnote: "The organization is under UN sanctions for terrorist activities."
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the statements made by the Taliban during the talks in Moscow allow us to say that they are "sane people."