The group responsible for the payments is the same Russian intelligence outfit behind the Skripal poisonings, Sky News is told.
A senior Conservative MP is seeking an urgent question in the Commons on Monday about an alleged plot that a Russian intelligence unit offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.
British security officials have confirmed to Sky News that the reports about the plot are true.
If Tobias Ellwood, chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, is granted his urgent question, it will require a government minister to respond in person.
Mr Ellwood told Sky News: “I think it’s completely unacceptable that a fellow permanent member of the UN Security Council is now seen to be training and supplying arms to the very militia that has prevented peaceful conclusions to this decade-old conflict (in Afghanistan).
“So serious is this that I’ll be seeking an urgent question on Monday and will be encouraging the UK to raise this matter at the UN and indeed our NATO allies.”
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WNU Editor: The problem with the above SKY News claim is that they do not mention that there has been no UK combat casualties in Afghanistan since 2015, and the reason why is that they left Afghanistan that year …. UK military and civilian fatalities during the Afghanistan War from October 7, 2001 to March 29, 2019 (Statista). If Russia was paying bounties in the past few years, they got a zero return on their monies.
Update: There are U.K. soldiers in Afghanistan serving as trainers …. Up to 1,100 British troops in Afghanistan could be home within just over a year after US-Taliban peace deal (Daily Mail).