The official representative of the Taliban movement, Suheil Shaheen, called reports of “collusion” with Russia unfounded.

Earlier, the New York Times published an article claiming that a particular Russian military intelligence unit allegedly encouraged the Taliban to attack international coalition troops in Afghanistan for money.

“These” Russian rewards” are not true. We are not fighting for someone’s money. Our people have their ideology, for which they fight and sacrifice themselves,” Shaheen said.

According to the representative of the “Taliban,” such accusations are related to American domestic policy, as well as the desire of some forces in Washington to undermine the implementation of the peace agreement signed between the United States and the Taliban. In February, in Qatar, the parties signed the first peace Treaty since the war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months.

After the New York Times article was published, the Russian Embassy in Washington previously reported that because of this false article, calls appeared in social networks to “settle accounts with the Russians.” The diplomats passed information about the threats to US law enforcement agencies and the State Department.