The United States remains able to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, despite the aggravated security situation in the country, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday.

“Even despite the more difficult security situation, we remain able to provide humanitarian support and assistance to Afghanistan,” Price said during a regular briefing.

In Afghanistan, the confrontation between government forces and the Taliban militants has been going on for several years, which in recent months have seized significant territories in rural and border areas and launched an offensive on major cities. The escalation takes place against the background of the withdrawal of American troops, which the Russian Foreign Ministry called recognition of the failure of Washington’s mission in Afghanistan.