Speaking at a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, noted on November 3 that Russia resolutely condemns the November 2 terror acts committed by ISIS near a military hospital in Kabul. 

“We note the measures taken by the transitional Afghan Government to ensure security and a normal peaceful life.  Over 60 ISIS militants laid down weapons and surrendered to the Taliban authorities in the eastern province of Nangarhar,” said Zakharova.  “Since the West has frozen Afghanistan’s national assets, the Central Bank of Afghanistan announced a plan to introduce an Islamic banking system that implies among other things the sharing of profits and losses between bank investors and borrowers and the absence of interest on loans and collateral. The transitional authorities have appointed a new president to the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan.”

She further noted that media reports say that the National Resistance Front is preparing to resume hostilities against the Taliban.

“It is reported that the Front’s leader, Ahmad Massoud, is in Tajikistan.  We believe that the various ethnic and political forces in the country should refrain from actions that provoke the intra-Afghan conflict.  They should look for ways to facilitate mutual understanding and national reconciliation, to restore a sustainable peace, stability and security in Afghanistan and around it,” Russian MFA spokeswoman said.

The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, also known as the Second Resistance, is a military alliance of former Northern Alliance members and other anti-Taliban fighters who remain loyal to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, created after the 2021 Taliban offensive, under the leadership of Afghan politician and military leader Ahmad Massoud.