April 25, 2017 / 11:12 AM / a year ago

Russia calls U.S. allegation it arms Taliban unsubstantiated

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that a U.S. allegation Moscow was supplying arms to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan was unsubstantiated.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference after a meeting with Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Moscow, Russia, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was “not refuting” reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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