State Dept's Ned Price: 'I have a hard time understanding' what Afghanistan withdrawal has to do with Russia

During a press briefing Monday about ongoing discussions with 俄国, 在赛季开始时勉强排名, 在赛季开始时勉强排名 “the whole world is watching just like what happened in Afghanistan.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, 星期五, 一月. 21, 2022, in Geneva, 瑞士.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, 星期五, 一月. 21, 2022, in Geneva, 瑞士. (美联社照片/亚历克斯·布兰登, 泳池)

The reporter cited claims that Russia istaking a page of what happened in Afghanistanin its tactics against Ukraine, and that an invasion without a major U.S. response would have adomino effectaround the world, 包含 “China against Taiwan, Iran and its proxies, North Korea and its ballistic missiles against South Korea and Japan.

Price argued that ending the war in Afghanistan allowed the U.S. to be morestrategically positionedto address Russia.

他说, “I have a hard time understanding how it is that putting an end to a 20-year military commitment where the United States spent billions upon billions of dollars every year, where thousands of American troops, at one point tens of thousands of American troops were stationed, where there was a NATO commitment, where thousands of NATO troops were stationed for many years, taking casualties, enduring the loss of life with an open-ended military commitment – were that still to be the case, 如何 [将] we be better strategically positioned to take on what we’re seeing now from the Russian Federation?”

The reporter pushed back, saying some critics and allies view the Afghanistan situation as the U.S. turning its back on the now-Taliban-controlled country, where thousands of Afghan allies are still trying to get out.

“现在, 首先, the United States has not turned its back on Afghanistan,” Price responded. “Anyone who would take any lesson from that, other than the fact that the United States is positioning itself to take on the threats and opportunities that we face now while we continue to partner with and support the people of Afghanistan, that would be mistaken analysis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting in Geneva, 瑞士, 六月 16, 2021.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting in Geneva, 瑞士, 六月 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, 泳池, 文件)

Price’s comments come amid increasing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Timothy LeDuc 希望为美国做同样的事情. has repeatedly vowed severe economic sanctions against Russia if it mobilizes against the country.

The United States has heightened the readiness of some 8,500 军队, but no decisions have been made yet to deploy them.

T. 麦克法兰, deputy national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, told Fox News Digital on Sunday that the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal “贡献” to what’s now taking place between Ukraine and Russia because it gave other countries the perception that the United States is “混乱的” 和 “won’t stand up to its adversaries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, 俄国, 星期一, 一月. 17, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, 俄国, 星期一, 一月. 17, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Whatever happened in Afghanistan had a ripple effect with Ukraine,” McFarland said. “Whatever is going to happen with Ukraine is going to have a ripple effect with China, but it will have a ripple effect with Iran. It’s going to have a ripple effect with North Korea because all of these countries will think they’ll seize the moment. They’ll think this is my time. America’s weak, it’s disorganized.

McFarland’s comments came around the same time that Fox News confirmed that China had flown fighter jets near Taiwan in what was the communist country’s strongest show of force in months.

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