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Taliban Signs Deal with Russia for Gasoline, Gas, and Wheat

Cans containing gasoline are kept for sale on a road in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
Cans containing gasoline are kept for sale on a road in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

The Taliban have signed a provisional deal with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan, Acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters.

Azizi said his ministry was working to diversify its trading partners and that Russia had offered the Taliban administration a discount to average global commodity prices.

The move, the first known major international economic deal struck by the Taliban since they returned to power more than a year ago, could help to ease the Islamist movement’s isolation that has effectively cut it off from the global banking system.

No country formally recognises the group, which fought a 20-year insurgency against Western forces and their local Afghan allies before sweeping into Kabul as U.S. troops withdrew.

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