As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine harrows on, the aggressor has found support from Afghanistan’s terrorist group the Taliban. Reuters reports, “the Taliban have signed a provisional deal with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan, Acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters.”
“Azizi said his ministry was working to diversify its trading partners and that Russia had offered the Taliban administration a discount to average global commodity prices.
The move, the first known major international economic deal struck by the Taliban since they returned to power more than a year ago, could help to ease the Islamist movement’s isolation that has effectively cut it off from the global banking system.”
No country formally recognizes the Taliban as legitimate government leadership, including Russia. But, “Moscow hosted leaders of the movement in the run-up to the fall of Kabul and its embassy is one of only a handful to remain open in the Afghan capital,” reports Reuters.
Azizi said the deal includes supplying Russia with around one million tons of gasoline, one million tons of diesel, 500,000 tons of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and two million tons of wheat annually.
On a global scale, Western diplomats have said the Taliban needs to change its course on human rights, particularly those of women, and “prove it has cut ties with international militant groups in order to gain formal recognition.” Partnering with Russia at this juncture likely does not meet those criteria.
Moscow has managed to maintain revenues through increased crude sales to Asia, particularly China and India. The European Union will ban Russian crude imports by Dec. 5 and Russian oil products by Feb. 5.”
'BIDEN IS WEAK, TRUMP WAS STRONG': Watch Graham Torch Biden on His Russian Response
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Fox News host Jesse Watters on the recent developments between Russia and Ukraine. Graham says Biden is being far too soft on Putin and offers a few recommendations on how his administration can show Russia they mean business. Watch the video and read excerpts below.
“Here’s the deal. It’s one thing to hurt Putin and shutting Nord Stream 2 hurts Putin. It’s a cash cow, it’s a pipeline that goes into Germany from Russia —it goes around Ukraine. It’s a lot of money for Putin…I’m glad they’re shutting the damn thing down.”
“But it doesn’t help you here at home. You know what would help the American people? Let’s become energy independent again.”
“We’re sitting on an abundance of American-owned, all-in gas and we should be exploiting for our purposes and helping our allies. We should be all in with energy independence but no, we’re getting our ass kicked overseas and Biden’s getting led round by his nose here at home by the left.”
“You know what I would do if I were President of the United States? I would declare Putin an international war criminal because he’s invading a neighboring nation that signed an agreement with Russia in 1994…and Putin broke that agreement.”
“I miss Donald Trump. If Donald Trump were President, none of this crap would be going on. Because you gotta be strong. When you’re weak is when everything falls apart. And Biden is weak and Trump was strong — I hope we have another election soon.”
'EVIL THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS': Zelenskyy Responds to Russian Attack on Train Station
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has responded to Russia’s brutal bombing of civilians at a train station in Kramatorsk; he says the Russian military is “an evil that knows no bounds.”
According to Fox News, “at least 50 people, including 5 children, have been killed Friday in an attack by the Russian military on a train station in Kramatorsk, the area’s regional governor says.”
“Two rockets hit Kramatorsk railway station,” Ukrainian Railways said in a statement, calling the attack “purposeful strike on the passenger infrastructure of the railway and the residents of the city of Kramatorsk.”
“Kramatorsk mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko told Ukrainian TV that between 30 and 40 surgeons were treating the wounded, and hospitals were unable to cope with the surge in admissions.”
“The ‘Rashists’ (‘Russian fascists’) knew very well where they were aiming and what they wanted: they wanted to sow panic and fear, they wanted to take as many civilians as possible,” said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region.
This story is developing…
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