Russia hints at military assistance to Afghanistan
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A Russian diplomat on Tuesday indicated Moscow’s willingness to offer Afghanistan military assistance, including helicopters.
Interfax news agency quoted Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, as saying that Moscow would discuss the proposed aid with Kabul soon.
"We expect that the result will be positive," he said a week after Afghanistan’s 1stVice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum sought military aid from Russia.
On Sept. 1, Dostum had said the Islamic State, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, wanted to conduct terror attacks in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Russia.
Moscow must be mindful of the threat, he stressed, asking regional states to evolve plans to counter the group’s nefarious designs. He urged Russia to give Afghanistan weapons, warplanes and helicopters.
Military assistance from Moscow will be beneficial for Kabul because many Afghan troops are still using Russian weapons.
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