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Russia to aid Afghanistan directly: Lavrov

NATO terminated that project, which meant there would be no more contributions to the trust fund, the minister said.

Source : Voice of Russia / 09 Apr 2014

Russia's contributions to the trust fund set up for implementing the helicopter project with NATO may be spent on direct assistance to the Afghan security forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.

"In my opinion, the money the Russian government has again assigned for this joint "helicopter project" of Russia and NATO, which used to be a joint project, can be spent on support to Afghan security forces in the same format [the delivery of spare parts, maintenance and personnel training] directly, as a Russian input in the stabilization in Afghanistan," he told a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

Lavrov recalled that NATO had decided to freeze cooperation with Russia in certain areas, such as the suppression of terrorism, anti-drug projects and "the helicopter package" for Afghanistan.

"The helicopter package stipulated the delivery of spare parts for Soviet and Russian helicopters operated by Afghan army and security forces and the training of their pilots," he said.

NATO terminated that project, which meant there would be no more contributions to the trust fund, the minister said.

"It was said at the same time that certain member countries [of NATO] were prepared to continue the interaction beyond the Russia-NATO Council framework. I must say this position is rather hypocritical," Lavrov underscored.

 

 

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