Following a suicide bomb attack in the vicinity of the Russian embassy at PD7 in Kabul, the embassy announced on Twitter that it had stopped issuing visas to applicants.
“Dear applicants! The reception of citizens at the consular service is temporarily suspended. Further information will be announced on the resumption of reception,” the Russian Embassy in Kabul said on Twitter. “Dear applicants! The consular section is temporarily closed. The resumption of admissions will be announced at a later date.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Muttaqi assured him that a full investigation into the attack near of the Russian Embassy would take place and that attention would be focused on the security of the Embassy.
According to MoFA, during the call, Lavrov called the explosion the action of an international criminal organization, and he urged efforts to combat it.
“(Muttaqi) assured him (Lavrov) of a thorough investigation. Muttaqi said both sides should not allow such negative actions to negatively impact the relations between the two countries,” said Zia Ahmad Takal, deputy spokesperson of MoFA.
The attack was met with strong international reactions.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack near the Russian embassy in Kabul, saying “attacks on civilians and civilian objects, including diplomatic missions, are strictly prohibited by the IHL”.
“An unknown combatant detonated an explosive device, in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to a consular section of our embassy. Two of our comrades died, and immediately a number of measures were taken for the security of the outer perimeter , additional forces of the Taliban forces were involved, intelligence and counter-intelligence capabilities were involved,” Lavrov said. “We hope that the organizers of this terrorist act, the perpetrators, will be punished as soon as possible .”
In a statement, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack and said “an attack on a diplomatic mission is a matter of grave concern and is denounced in the strongest possible terms.”
Russia is one of the countries that kept its embassy open after the Islamic emirate came to power. Moscow also accepted the Islamic emirate’s envoy to the country.
“After this attack, it seems that the feelings of trust that were created between Russia and the Taliban have been eliminated,” said Ajmal Zadran, an international relations analyst.
“It obviously seemed to be due to the cold war of the powers that be,” political analyst Ahmad Khan said.
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Russian Embassy on Monday.
Kabul security department spokesman Khalid Zadran said in a statement that a suicide bomber intended to blow himself up among those gathered outside the Russian embassy, but was identified by the police. security and targeted, which caused an explosion.
Zadran said four civilians and two Russian embassy staff were killed and several other Afghans were injured in the blast.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that two employees of the Russian embassy in Kabul were among many others killed in the explosion in Darul Aman. The death toll has reached 25, with many others injured, according to the Al Jazeera news network.