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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the 20-year US presence in Afghanistan only resulted in tragedies:
“For twenty years, American troops had been on this [Afghan] territory and for twenty years they tried – one can say this without offending anyone – to civilise the people who live there, to introduce their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of the word, including the political organisation of society.”
“Tragedies and losses […] pertaining to the US and especially those who live in Afghanistan were the only results of this nearly 20-year presence.”
“The result was zero, if not to say that everything turned negative.”
“If someone does something in relation to others, they should proceed from the history, culture, and philosophy of life of these people in the broadest sense, as well as respect for their traditions”.
“It is impossible to impose anything from the outside, the situation needs to mature, and if someone wants it to mature faster and better – then you need to help people”.
“Without taking all these factors into account, including historical ones, it is almost impossible to achieve anything positive”.