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Russia to provide 10,000 AK-47s with rounds to Afghan police

Russia to provide 10,000 AK-47s with rounds to Afghan police

Dec 30, 2015 - 17:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistaninfo-icon Zamir Kabulov has said his country would deliver in January a batch of small arms to Afghanistan for police officers.

He told a Russian news agency TASS on Tuesday that arms supplies from Russia were “a significant factor contributing to normalising the situation in Afghanistan.”

The Director of the 2nd Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry said: “At present, Russian agencies consider a number of corresponding requests from the Afghan side.”

The presidential envoy added: “In particular, the issue of the supply of 10,000 AK-47 (assault rifles) with rounds to them through the Russian Interior Ministry has been practically decided.”

He said the batch was expected to be supplied in January 2016 and negotiations were currently underway on the commercial supplies of Russian helicopter equipment to Afghanistan.

“Russia has been consistently pursuing the policy of providing comprehensive assistance to Afghanistan in the establishment of a peaceful, independent, stable and self-sufficient state, free from terrorism and drugs,” Kabulov said.

He said Moscow supported the Afghan national reconciliation and was ready to flexibly approach issues related to the possible weakening of the sanctions regime according to the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1988 against the Talibaninfo-icon if not contrary to the national interests of Afghanistan.

Last week, Kabulov said that Moscow was dramatically changing its position on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

From now on, he had said they were not an enemy for Russia any more. Moreover, they even become Moscow’s partners in a sense.

“The interests of the Taliban in the fight against the ISIL (terrorist organization) in Afghanistan are in line with Russian objectives,” the Russian presidential special envoy said.

The high-ranking diplomat said Russia was making an important contribution to the normalization of the situation in Afghanistan by training in Russian universities and specialized educational institutions of the national staff for the government agencies, police, anti-drug and military agencies of Afghanistan.

“We continue the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Afghan side. At the end of November 2015, we completed the gratuitous transfer to the United Nations Worldinfo-icon Food Program in Afghanistan of 57 KAMAZ trucks with the total cost of $2.5 million. The first batch comprising 31 vehicles was transferred on June 5, 2015”.

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