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Russia has not rushed to formally recognize Taliban rule in Afghanistan, but President Vladimir Putin has called for gradually welcoming the group into "the civilized family of nations."   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by AP, Reuters and Getty Images
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Russia puts Taliban on 'probation' with Central Asia on knife edge

Moscow cautiously warms to once sworn enemy in light of other threats

DIMITRI SIMES JR., Contributing writer | Russia & Caucasus

MOSCOW -- On the morning of Aug. 16, a contingent of Taliban fighters and two armored vehicles equipped with machine guns surrounded the Russian Embassy in Kabul. Their mission: to protect the Russian diplomatic personnel inside.

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