Saturday, February 10, 2007

Russia to support NATO in Afghanistan - Ivanov says "No troops from us, thank you very much"

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, who joined the talks Friday, said Russia would provide economic support for Afghanistan including a review of the country's US$10 billion (€7.7 billion) debt to Russia, and would step up logistical support for the NATO force, including transport through Russia.

However, he ruled out sending any troops to the country, where the Soviet Union lost around 15,000 troops in the 1980s.

Britain, U.S. play down NATO differences over Afghanistan - Herald Tribune

I think the Russians are going to wait a couple of decades (like the British) before they send troops to Afghanistan again.

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