“Russia is following all of the developments in Afghanistan with great attention. In recent years, this attentiveness was supplemented by the readiness to engage with anyone who is interested in talking rather than shooting. At the same time, Russia does not accept any obligations. It is like a visit to a museum; you look at everything with great attention, but you do not touch. Some people might say that this is a passive position, others – that the position lacks responsibility. However, I believe that there is a certain logic in it. Intervening and leaving the job half-done is worse, than not intervening at all.” – Dr. Ivan Safranchuk, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.