NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg believes that the threat of a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport is growing every day; we are talking about a real, not a theoretical danger, he said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper.
“On the one hand, we would like to have as much time as possible to take out as many people as possible. However… if we stay after August 31, especially if the Taliban (the movement is recognized as a terrorist and banned in the Russian Federation – ed.) do not give us at least some semblance of tacit consent, the threat of attacks is growing,” Stoltenberg believes.
The Secretary-General of the alliance noted that one of the largest evacuation operations in history is currently underway in Kabul. According to him, after completing the military process, NATO will continue its efforts to evacuate by commercial flights and demand that the Taliban open ground routes. Stoltenberg added that it is most difficult to take people to the airport during evacuation since the adjacent territory and the entire country are under the control of the Taliban.