In a press conference held on Wednesday in Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump made comments with regard to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent war.

“The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there,” Mr. Trump told reporters, justifying the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, which culminated in an extended conflict that has continued till now, barring brief periods of peace.

“The problem is, it was a tough fight. And literally, they went bankrupt. They went back to being called Russia again as opposed to being the Soviet Union,” he said, in defence of reducing the U.S. spending on what has become the country’s longest war.

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