‘Western sanctions against Moscow have negative impact on Afghan conflict’
According to Sputnik Gen. John Nicholson expressed the view during an interaction at the India Foundation, a Delhi based independent research center, on Thursday.
He said getting spare parts for Russian aircraft and military hardware currently operational in Afghanistan has become difficult due to western sanctions on Russia, thus affecting the ongoing fight against terror. Gen Nicholson urged India to supply the spare parts to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Deputy Army Chief General Qadam Shah Shamim is likely to visit New Delhi this month to seek active defense cooperation, and to boost the supply of more Russian made helicopters like Mi-25 and Mi-35 to Afghanistan. Last year in December, India agreed to supply four Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan.
"I cannot speak for the Afghan government. But I know that they have requested more and would like more and I think there is an immediate need for more as these aircraft can immediately get into the fight," said Gen. Nicholson.
According to experts US strategy to involved Pakistan in Afghan war and rebuilding had failed and Washington was now looking for other allies in the region such as Indian in the rebuilding of Afghanistan and strengthening its defence.
Afghanistan has intensify its diplomatic efforts mobilizing different channels to persuade Indian for more military cooperation but New Dheli was looking skeptical in it defence cooperation with the war-torn country.
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