Topic: Situation in Afghanistan
MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti)
Moscow hopes that NATO will be using Russian aircraft for its cargo deliveries to and from Afghanistan via the Ulyanovsk transit base in the Volga area, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said.
“There is Volga-Dnepr air carrier company in the Vostochny airport [in Ulyanovsk], which has all types of aircraft capable of safely delivering any kind of cargo to Afghanistan,” Grushko said.
Earlier in the week, NATO's Moscow office spokesman Robert Pshel said that the alliance was looking forward to signing the first commercial contracts with Russia to use the transit hub in Ulyanovsk in the next few months.
He also said that there was a high chance NATO would use Russian aircraft to carry cargo from Afghanistan to the transit hub. NATO already uses Russian-owned Ilyushin Il-76 and Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft operated by commercial airlines.
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- moistHopes and high chances?10:35, 29/09/2012Lending it´s territory, Russia is in the position to DEMAND the western fascist regimes to use Russian aircraft's!
- arsanlupinGood idea16:02, 06/10/2012I think this is an excellent idea, for several pragmatic reasons. First and foremost the Russian pilots are more familiar with the region. Also, operating Russian aircraft would be cheaper than most of their Western counterparts. Best of all, it would finish the job of debunking the ridiculous notion that NATO is building a military base in Ulyanovsk. It would show Russia and NATO cooperating as equals in a common cause - something I hope will happen a lot more often. In fact, I think it would be a really bad idea for NATO aircraft to be involved, for all of the above reasons.
All this is of course doesn't address some fools’ continued misuse of the word “fascist” … but then there’s really no cure for stupidity, is there? And Russia isn't ‘lending’ the NATO democracies anything – they're renting it out and for quite a handsome fee.
The British experience can be instructive for Russia. London retains its British Commonwealth if it wants to use this as a foundation for integration in the future. That’s a valuable lesson for Russian experts who are calling for an end to “ineffective” associations like the CIS, the Russian World and others.