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Russia to step up defence aid to Afghanistan
(EXCERPT) By Vladimir Radyuhin
MOSCOW JULY 11. Russia will expand deliveries of military equipment
and spare parts to Afghanistan, but will refrain for the moment from
supplying new weapons.
In addition to transport aircraft, helicopters, communication
equipment, trucks, spare parts and fuel, Russia is planning to supply
airfield equipment to Afghanistan, the Russian Defence Minister,
Sergei Ivanov, said today after talks with the visiting Defence
Minister of Afghanistan, Mohammad Fahim.
He also said Russia was training military personnel for Afghanistan.
At the same time, Mr. Ivanov said Russian defence assistance to
Afghanistan would not include deliveries of weapons.
Gen. Fahim is reported to have asked Moscow to replenish stocks of
Russian-made weapons, which constitute close to 100 per cent of the
Afghan defence inventory. However, Mr. Ivanov said after the talks
that “there is no talk of arms supplies.”
On the one hand, Russia is keen to help rebuild the Afghan armed
forces to enable them to…
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