The Taliban's rejection of the dialogue offer from the government could fuel an inevitable escalation in the conflict in Afghanistan, Russia warned on Wednesday.
Afghan, Pakistani, American and Chinese officials have hinted the next round of talks will take place in mid-March. But the insurgents said on March 5 they would not take part in negotiations.
About the possible escalation of the conflict due to the Taliban's refusal to resume talks with the government, a senior Russian diplomat said: "Yes, it is inevitable."
Russia's special envoy Zamir Kabulov was quoted as saying by Sputnik that the Taliban response was expected as they had been seeking the pullout of all foreign troops, the lifting of sanctions and release of rebels.
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