Russia refused to allocate 10 million dollars to support the Afghan army
According to the diplomat, the summit discussed the need to continue to support the armed forces of Afghanistan after the 2014 year. For the United States of America, this becomes a heavy burden; in this regard, they want to partially shift it onto the shoulders of partners in NATO and other countries. Kabulov added that Russia, too, had been hinted that it would have been nice to throw in ten million dollars.
However, as the diplomat said, Russia will not take an active part in NATO projects in Afghanistan. For several years, the Russian Federation tried to become a member of the ISAF supplier club, but without success. This time, Russia was "invited and started hinting ...". However, Russian diplomats recalled that Russia has long been successfully supporting Kabul.
The diplomat added that the Russian Federation will continue to provide all possible support to Afghanistan, only "on a bilateral basis." It is during the direct consultations that the parameters of the necessary assistance will be determined, taking into account the needs and requests of the Afghan side. As a concrete example of cooperation with Afghanistan, according to Kabulov, is to assist in the supply of weapons and technology, as well as in the training of military personnel.
It is reported that in the second half of 2012, negotiations between Rosoboronexport and the United States will continue regarding the purchase of additional helicopter equipment for the Afghan side under an agreement on a supply contract for helicopters.
In the Kabul press, there were reports that the day before, in accordance with the Russian-American agreements, the Afghan side received three Russian-made helicopters of the Mi-17 type. According to Zahir Azimi, who is the representative of the Ministry of Defense of the IRA, the Afghan side previously received fifteen helicopters. According to the agreement, it is envisaged to deliver twenty-one helicopters to Afghanistan.
The Special Representative also stressed that the Russian Federation is always ready to discuss with interested parties the possibilities of interaction in matters relating to the production and supply of military equipment to Afghanistan. Earlier there were reports that the Russian Foreign Ministry worked out a scheme for transporting NATO cargo from the territory of Afghanistan to Europe through Russian Ulyanovsk. However, there is still no political decision regarding the transit point in Ulyanovsk.
The special representative of the Russian president also said that the Russian Federation was not going to bring its troops into the territory of Afghanistan, even if the situation destabilized after international forces were withdrawn from there in 2014. The diplomat stressed that Russia "does not have an" entry strategy "in Afghanistan."
Kabulov noted that events in Afghanistan after 2014 could develop according to different scenarios, including the possibility of a civil war, as well as attempts by extremists to penetrate from the territory of Afghanistan into neighboring Central Asian states. He noted that this is possible, and Russia will react to it.
Meanwhile, a Russian diplomat said that after 2014, it is unlikely that extraordinary events will occur on the territory of Afghanistan.
It should be noted that earlier there were reports that NATO is responding positively to the help of Russia and other partners from the CIS, which it turns out to organize transit for international forces in Afghanistan. During a press conference held in Chicago after the concluding meeting on Afghanistan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, expressed gratitude to Russia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan for the steps that these countries have taken to facilitate the transit of goods for the ISAF.
On the eve of the summit in Chicago, the heads of NATO member countries were able to agree on the transfer of security responsibility to the Afghan forces by the middle of next year. They said that foreign military contingents will eventually assist law enforcement in Afghanistan.
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