MOSCOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti)
The Russian government has not yet considered whether it will fulfil an agreement to set up a logistics transit hub in the Russian Volga city of Ulyanovsk for NATO operations in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
“This draft agreement… has not entered force yet, it has not yet been considered by the government,” Lavrov told State Duma members.
Lavrov was commenting on media reports last month quoting Defense Ministry sources as saying that Moscow was in talks with NATO on a new transit agreement under which non-lethal cargos from Afghanistan would be flown to Ulyanovsk, and then transferred to Europe by train.
“We are interested in having those who counter issues facing Russia inside Afghanistan do their job efficiently,” Lavrov said.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote in his blog on Tuesday that it would be a commercial transit. He also said the transit cargos would consist of necessary everyday items and would be transmitted to Afghanistan and not from the Central Asian country.
“In Ulyanovsk, mineral water, napkins, tents and other non-military cargos will be reloaded from trains onto planes and then moved to Afghanistan,” he wrote. “The Russian budget will get money from it."
Russia has provided its territory for NATO’s Afghanistan-bound cargos since 2009. Last year, Moscow also agreed to allow the cargos to cross Russia’s territory in the opposite direction as the alliance is preparing to pull out its troops from Afghanistan.
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- lmLavrov not correct.13:25, 15/03/2012Lavrov Backs NATO Using Ulyanovsk Base the Moscow times said.
What i said before Russia only talk but always backs down in the end? Their bark is worse that there bite believe every word i say its 100% true. Until Russia shows the world they can stand up then they would be respected.
In his own words Lavrov strongly defended such a deal, saying the success of NATO's mission is essential for fending off the spread of terrorism and illegal drugs from Afghanistan into Central Asian nations and Russia. (What a cock and bull story)
"It's in our interests that the coalition achieves a success before withdrawing and makes sure that the Afghans are capable of defending their country and ensuring an acceptable level of security," Lavrov told the State Duma. (The Duma is not stupid)
Some lawmakers argued that the U.S. military's use of the Ulyanovsk facility could threaten Russia by allowing foreign troops on its soil.
How the hell this can insure the above as he said? The lawmakers have a right to question this deal as it puts NATO troop on Russian soil be it to transport toilet paper, tissues, soap or for making money to Russia ECT, at the end of the day NATO is on Russian soil, jump high or jump low” and this is a trump card in NATO cap NOT RUSSIA.
But we know that they all went to universities and have degrees so what can littlie people like you and me say to them one thing maybe it’s all book sense no commonsense or is this statement from his friends that made him say and agree to the base "U.S. May Disclose Missile Defence Data to Russia?
- lm??????????14:16, 30/04/2012The Lubyanka building in central Moscow, the long-running home of Russian security forces, including the KGB.
Why this building there seems to be no visible security barrier around the building?
Infographics: World War I, 1914-1918
If attempts to drag Russia into a direct military conflict in Ukraine are successful, it would be a catastrophe for Russia comparable to the 1979-1989 Afghan war. There is no direct evidence that the US is trying to bring about a second Afghan war, but indirect evidence abounds.