Trade between Russia and Afghanistan Increased Fivefold

Trade turnover between Russia and Afghanistan has significantly increased, reaching $1 billion, following the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, according to Rustam Khabibullin, head of the Russian Business Center in Afghanistan. In an interview with RIA Novosti, he noted that the main trade areas include gas, petroleum products, flour, wheat, and recently added dairy products.


Khabibullin stated that in 2022, the trade turnover between the two countries was about $170 million, but this year it has exceeded $1 billion. He attributes this rapid growth to the rise to power of the Taliban (banned in Russia and recognized as a terrorist organization) and the departure of US and NATO forces, which he believes hindered the development of economic and political ties between Russia and Afghanistan.

Khabibullin also reported that Russia plans to create jobs in Afghanistan and invest in local projects, including factories, manufacturing plants, and agriculture. One of the key interests is the construction of the Kush-Tape water channel. Some Russian companies are securing long-term leases on land near this channel for agricultural purposes.

The Taliban (banned in Russia) seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021. In May 2023, Russia participated in UN consultative negotiations regarding interactions with the new Afghan authorities. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Russia cannot recognize the Taliban government until it forms an inclusive government. In August of the same year, Taliban representatives welcomed a delegation of Russian businessmen in Afghanistan.

Source: RIA News

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