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Russia Could Provide Air Base To U.S.-Led Coalition

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Russian government will discuss a proposal that for the first time would permit the U.S.-led coalition to use a Russian air base to transit troops and military cargo from Afghanistan.

Speaking on March 14 in the State Duma, Lavrov threw his personal support behind the proposal to allow the International Security Assistance Force to use the Ulyanovsk air base on the Volga River, saying it would be in Russia's national interest and could benefit Russian security.

The proposed deal would for the first time allow the U.S.-led coalition to set up a logistics facility for troops and cargo transport on Russian territory.

Moscow earlier agreed to provide the United States and NATO member states with air corridors and railway routes for carrying supplies to and from Afghanistan.

The closure by Islamabad of overland NATO cargo routes through Pakistan has complicated plans to withdraw foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

As a result, Washington and its allies are seeking alternative ways to pull troops and equipment out of Afghanistan.

With AP, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS reporting
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 14, 2012 15:29
One more indication of how dependent the US/NATO are getting on Russia for the "success" of their Afghanistan adventure.
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by: Rick from: Milan
March 18, 2012 22:03
Nobody will have any adventure of succes in Afghanistan

Usa/Nato will go away from Afghanistan in the same way were going away russians

Kabul in their hands

all around in the hand of taliban

by: M from: Ingushetia
March 14, 2012 16:07
History of Lavrov:
From: "Who the f*** are you to lecture me?" to
"it would be in Russia's national interest and could benefit Russian security."
Russians are such nice people when they see superior force which can beat them.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 15, 2012 17:45
I mean, M, where do you see a contradiction between the first and the second? Now that a number of the European NATO member states are already on the Russian "gas-needle" (a recurrent topic of concern of all the possible neo-cons), NATO is also - due to the fact that they are completely unable to find any kind of common language with anyone in Pakistan (their "traditional" rute of supply for their troops in Afghanistan) - ever more dependent on Russia in terms of providing them with a rute for their withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, of course - as Jack is pointing out - the moment the US does something smart, the Russian govt will stop the cooperation with them in this field. So, one more incentive for the gringos to be quiet and no one will get hurt :-).

by: Jack from: US
March 14, 2012 17:10
one more plug to pull in a case US government pisses off Russia too much

by: M from: Ingushetia
March 15, 2012 13:42
Next thing: permanent US bases and "green zone" in Moscow's Kremlin. :))

by: ashoka kanishka from: Hind
March 16, 2012 05:25
Its Amusing the very power which was responsible for debacle of Russians in Afghan is now supported by Russians and even airbase is promised .

Russian leadership has no clue where to go they simply cannot assert their identity and want to be integrated with west at any cost.

May be the Veto on Syria was just to prove the existence of Russians or rather of its political leaders.

If they can't have "Tit for Tat" policy they will cease to exist.

And not only Missile shield by NATO will be raised in their backyard but also in their Yard!

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 16, 2012 09:36
You are saying: "Russian leadership has no clue where to go, they simply cannot assert their identity and want to be integrated with west at any cost". :-))). "Russian leadership" does not need to go anywhere. If there is someone who needs a POINT OF TRANSIT (and not a "military base") on their way out of Afghanistan to Europe, it is NATO. Russia is willing to provide them with one temporarily. What it gets in exchange is (a) payments and (b) an extra mechanism of pressuring the gringos into concessions on a number of topics (such as this amendment that the US Senat is debating to abolish now).
So, no "missile shield" will be "raised" in no yard, Ashoka. NATO is getting more and more dependent on Russia and NOT the other way round. NATO leadership "has no clue where to go" now that they are finally assuming their DEFEAT in Afghanistan.
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by: ashoka kanishka from: Hind
March 30, 2012 07:25
Just Options (a) and (b) or there is also

(c) The willingness to co-operate is in relation to get bargain over supposedly electoral frauds and third term of new president .

Stop Americans and west from funding the protests.

They have no clue some time back the sung tunes to get incorporated in extended Europe , 20 years now on sing the tunes of Eurasian Union.

There is Flip-Flop .

after the Soviets the Nato is really understanding their defeat in afghan.

Pakistan is responsible for the fall of Soviets and now the West.
Its Intelligent agency has a agenda of religious extremism which it cannot give up, some elements in that agency do double cross.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 30, 2012 11:43
Hi, Ashoka from Hind, you are saying "the willingness to co-operate is in relation to get bargain over supposedly electoral frauds". I mean, what specific "bargain" are you referring to and what can any bargain between Russia and the US possibly have to do with the "supposedly electoral frauds"?
Then you are saying "stop Americans and west from funding the protests". What makes you think that Putin would be willing to look for any kind of "deal" that would stop this funding? You have seen what happened to the protests: the guys got together 5-6 times, have brought to the streets some 100,000-120,000 people (in the country with the population of 140,000,000). And that was pretty much it, right? I mean, very frankly, hard to see why Putin would engange into any "bargaining" with anyone concerning the funding for this spent force.
Then you are saying again "they have no clue some time back the sung tunes to get incorporated in extended Europe". I am not quite sure what you specifically mean when you say "the sung tunes". From what I know, NOT ONLY RUSSIA, but also such countries as Ukraine and Belarus, for example, have never submitted any application to become an EU-member. And - currently living in the EU myself - I can assure you that here in Europe there is currently much more talk about DISintegration (financial, economic and political) rather then about any hypothetical "extended Europe".
As far as Pakistan is concerned, have you read the short article they published on this web-site yesterday about the Pakistani govt seeking Russian funding to construct a pipeline from Iran to Pakistan? I would say it kind ot indicates that Pakistan is looking to extend its foreign policy options - Russia being one of the many (I guess that's what you call "double cross").
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 16, 2012 09:48
Exactly, this Jackson-Vanik Ammendment Repeal is the payback that Russia has forced the US into giving in exchange for allowing NATO troops to withdraw from Afghanistan via the territory of the Russian Federation. And there will be no Magnitsky Act either.
Reference: http://www.rferl.org/content/us_senate_jackson-vanik_repeal/24517079.html
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by: Andrew from: Auckland
March 18, 2012 14:20
Eugenio, you seem in desperate need of remedial reading classe.

The article only states that the repeal of the Jackson Vanik law is being considered, it also states that the executive is imposing visa bans etc on those Russian officials connected with Magnitsky's death.

The Magnitsky Bill has a lot of support in the senate, and rightly so.

Of course, we know Eugenio is a supporter of bloodthirsty repressive regimes such as RuSSia, Syria, and Iran.

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