Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled Kabul hours before the Taliban took control of 144 million euros in cash.
The ousted Western-backed government leader insisted on fleeing to prevent a “flood of bloodshed” and was granted asylum in the United Arab Emirates.
As footage of people fleeing the country, which has fallen back to the Taliban, has occupied the world for days, it turns out that the former president did not flee in his own clothes.
“In fact, there was so much money that some of it remained on the runway,” said Russian Embassy spokeswoman Nikita Ishchenko.
He revealed that Ghani had taken four cars full of money with him. He allegedly flew to Tajikistan, but was diverted to Oman after authorities denied him permission to land.
As for the collapse of the regime, it most vividly describes the way Ghani fled Afghanistan. Four cars were full of money, and they tried to put something in a helicopter. “Part of the money remained lying on the asphalt,” Ishchenko said.
The Russian president’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said it was unclear how much money the fugitive government had left behind. Speaking on Moscow’s Echo of Moscow radio station, he said:
- I hope that the escaped government does not take all the money from the state budget.