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'Why Not?' Russia Ready to Invite US to Six-Party Afghanistan Talks

© AP Photo / Dmitry LovetskyA night view of the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015
A night view of the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Moscow is ready to invite Washington to six-party talks on Afghanistan as soon as the United States decides on its policy toward Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan are scheduled to meet for a consultative meeting in Moscow on February 15, Zamir Kabulov, the ministry's head of the second Asian department, said.

"The minister has said that we are not closing the door and if they [the United States] are ready to work constructively with regional powers, then why not," Kabulov said.

The diplomat clarified that Washington "should determine what they are planning to do in Afghanistan."

Afghan border police stand guard near the Torkham crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Nangarhar province on May 12, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government forces fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency. The instability has persisted in the country since the 2001 US-led invasion to defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

The lack of control and instability turned the country into home to the largest opium poppy production and distribution network in the world.

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