Posted on August 24, 2021

Putin Warns of Influx of Afghan Militants Disguised as Refugees

Agence France-Presse, August 23, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his country Sunday to prevent an influx of refugees from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, saying militants could enter under the guise of seeking asylum.


He estimated that “hundreds, even hundreds of thousands, or maybe even millions” of people might want to flee Afghanistan.

Several former Soviet republics in Central Asia share a border both with Afghanistan and Russia, allowing “militants under the guise of refugees” to reach the country, the Russian president said.