Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said in his interview that more than 100 portable Javelin anti-tank missile systems were at the disposal of the Taliban that were captured following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The head of the Russian Defense Ministry made the comparison when answering the question if the Taliban is now better equipped than the Ukrainian Army.
“If <…> the U.S. delivered Javelin systems to Ukraine, I don’t remember, a few dozen, or something like that, then there are more than a hundred of them in Afghanistan. They even were not transferred, but simply passed into their hands, ” Shoigu said.
Sergei Shoigu clarified that it may be supposed that the Taliban is better equipped that Ukrainian forces when speaking about the ratio of weapons per thousand soldiers.
Moscow believes that drugs traffic and a large number of weapons pose the main threats in Afghanistan. In particular, portable high-precision weapons — portable anti-aircraft missile systems and anti-tank guided missiles, the Russian Minister said.
Sergei Shoigu said that the rearmament program for the Central Asian countries, like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, would be continued, so that militants from Afghanistan do not come there.
According to the former U.S. Navy reservist, Republican congressman Jim Banks, the Taliban has seized up to $85 billion worth of U.S. military equipment. This includes 75,000 vehicles, 200 aircraft, 600,000 light weapons.
“The Taliban now has more black hawk helicopters than 85% of the world” – The Independent cited the congressman as saying.
Jim Banks stressed that in the case the captured equipment is used against an American, “the blood will be on Joe Biden’s hands”.
Moreover, on August 27, the Taliban asked again the residents of Kabul to hand over their weapons and ammunition within a week. The representative of the movement, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the weapons should be transferred to the relevant authorities of the Islamic Emirate.
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