Russia ready for cooperation with NATO over Afghanistan

January 24th, 2009 - 11:13 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaTashkent, Jan 24 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that Moscow is ready to cooperate with NATO on the Afghan issue, even as he has welcomed US President Barack Obama’s plans to review US policy in the war-ravaged nation. “We hope the new US administration will have greater success than the previous one in resolving the Afghanistan issue,” Medvedev said Friday on the second day of his two-day visit to Uzbekistan.

“Naturally, we are ready for full-fledged, full-format cooperation with all countries on the issue of the provision of security in Afghanistan, including the US,” he said.

He added that Russia would work with NATO on transit routes for the delivery of goods into Afghanistan.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov also expressed his country’s support for Obama’s plans to solve Afghanistan’s mounting problems, but said it was too early to assess them.

Obama has proposed sending troops from Iraq to Afghanistan to tackle the resurgent Taliban movement. He also suggested that all countries in the region should be involved in attempts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Relations between Moscow and the military alliance were frozen after the five-day war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway province of South Ossetia last August.

However, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to hold a meeting next week.

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