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The Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was a mistake, and people want to hear an apology, said Afghan Ambassador to Russia Abdul Kayum Kuchai. His words leads RIA Novosti.
“In 1978 (in Afghanistan) came to power the left forces, which in fact was not left. They had one desire — power. Recognizing them, the government of Amin and Taraki, the Soviet Union made his first mistake — and that the government was not independent but a puppet,” — said the Ambassador.
The diplomat said that the second mistake was the introduction of Soviet troops on the territory of the country, killing more than two million Afghans and many of the Soviet soldiers. “The entire country’s infrastructure was destroyed. And our people led what we call the greater Jihad,” — he stressed.
“But now we expect that the Russian government has expressed some apology to the Afghan people. This statement will serve as a true deepening and strengthening of our relations,” said Ambassador Abdul Kayum Kuchai and added that “such events happen between neighbors”.
In 1973 in Afghanistan began the military conflict between government troops and the Mujahideen. In 1979, the Soviet leadership decided to enter into the country troops. To complete the withdrawal of military units in 1989 the service there were 620 thousand soldiers. According to various estimates, during this time died between 15 and 26 thousand soldiers, 54 more thousands were injured.
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