U.S. General: 'Fair to Assume' Russia Is Supporting Taliban in Afghanistan
A top U.S. general told Congress today it's "fair to assume" that Russia is providing support to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
"I think it is fair to assume they may be providing some sort of support to [the Taliban], in terms of weapons or other things that may be there. I believe what Russia is ... attempting to be an influential party in this part of the world. ,” said four-star Gen. Joseph Votel, CENTCOM Commander.
His comments to the House Armed Services Committee came after the top U.S. general in Europe expressed similar sentiments last week.
"I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Garrett Tenney reported this afternoon on the new allegations, which are being denied by the Kremlin.
Tenney noted that support from the Taliban would be "full circle" for Moscow, since many Taliban leaders fought the Soviet Union in the 1980's with help from the United States.
He said it's only the latest example of Russia seeking to undermine U.S. interests in the region.
Watch the report above.