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NATO Head Asks Russia, China To Help Fund Afghan Security

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels this week
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called on Russia and China to help fund Afghan security after 2014, when international troops are due to leave the country.

Rasmussen was speaking at a press conference in Brussels after a meeting between NATO ministers and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who reportedly did not respond to Rasmussen's request.

Rasmussen said Russia had offered the use of a new transit route, which will allow ISAF to send supplies in and out of Afghanistan using both the Russian rail network and air transport.

During the meeting, Lavrov repeated Russian objections to NATO's planned European missile-defense project, saying it could tipped the balance of power between itself and the United States in NATO'S favor.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP