OREANDA-NEWS. Russia condemns the terrorist attack in Kabul and expresses condolences to the families of the victims. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

It is recalled that two explosions occurred on Thursday at the Kabul airport, one of them thundered near the Baron Hotel, where, according to media reports, foreigners, including British and US citizens, gathered. The terrorist group IS, banned in the Russian Federation, claimed responsibility for the attack on the airport. Later in Kabul several more explosions thundered. As the US military later explained, they made several controlled explosions.

"For obvious reasons, Afghanistan has taken a significant place in our discussions. We join in condemning these terrorist acts and condolences to the families of the victims," ​​Lavrov said at a press conference with the Italian Foreign Minister.

In the first decade of August, the Taliban movement (recognized as terrorist and banned in the Russian Federation) stepped up an offensive against government forces in Afghanistan. The only province not under their control is Panjshir, northeast of Kabul, one of the smallest regions in the country in terms of area and population. On August 15, the militants entered the capital and took control of the presidential palace. On the night of August 16, a representative of the Taliban political office, Mohammad Naim, said that the war in Afghanistan was over, and the form of government in the state would become clear in the near future.

All land border crossings from Afghanistan are currently controlled by the Taliban. The evacuation of foreign personnel and Afghans working for foreign missions is carried out through the only airport in Kabul, which is held by the military of the United States and other NATO countries. The Taliban said they did not intend to provide Americans with an extension to evacuate US citizens after August 31.