Russia appreciates that the United States finally decided on its strategy in Afghanistan, but there are doubts over its effectiveness, Zamir Kabulov, the Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan, told Sputnik.

On August 21, US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan that would give more freedom to US military commanders to use force and pledged to keep and increase US troop levels until extremist threats were eliminated.

“We assess positively that Washington has finally decided on the direction of its future Afghanistan policy. I reiterate, we have doubts over the correctness of the US-chosen direction and effectiveness of the new strategy from the point of view of stabilization of the security situation in Afghanistan,” Kabulov, who is also the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department, said. – Sputnik