Russia will deliver the first batch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan on Thursday, including 36 tonnes of food, medicine and essential goods, the country’s Ambassador to Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, told the Izvestia newspaper on Thursday.
“The special flights carried out by the Russian Defense Ministry will deliver to Afghanistan a large consignment of humanitarian cargo prepared by the Emergencies Ministry. It includes food, medicine and essential goods. The first batch of 36 tonnes will be delivered on November 18. Then there are going to be two more shipments <…>. Overall, over 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid will be supplied,” the Russian envoy noted.
According to the diplomat, the Taliban (banned in Russia) assured that the aid would be distributed among those in need. “This is essential. The Afghan authorities understand that any mistake will seriously complicate their further work with foreign funders,” Zhirnov pointed out.
The diplomat also stated that Russian citizens would be evacuated from Afghanistan on return flights. As Zhirnov noted, almost 900 Afghan students of Russian universities signed up for export flights in order to continue their education.