Russia, NATO to discuss Afghanistan bases

Moscow, March 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian defence officials and NATO representatives will discuss the creation of army maintenance bases in Afghanistan in May, a defence ministry official said.

“We will consider various options for establishing maintenance bases on the territory of Afghanistan,” said Sergei Koshelev, head of the defense ministry’s chief administration for international military cooperation.
It is important to maintain the weapon systems and military equipment of the Afghan Armed Forces in a serviceable state, he said Wednesday, adding that any escalation of the situation in Afghanistan after NATO troops pull out in 2014 could have a negative impact on the security of both Russia and other European nations.
The discussion will take place in the course of an international conference titled ‘Military and Political Aspects of European Security’, which will be held in Moscow May 23-24.
–IANS/RIA Novosti