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Atmar discusses military cooperation with Moscow

AT-KABUL: The National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Sunday left for Russia on an official invitation by his Russian counterpart, where he would discuss mutual cooperation, his office said in a statement. He would stay in Russia for four days to discuss military cooperation.

“Atmar will hold bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, where both sides would talk about procuring and providing Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” the statement said.

He would also discuss the arrangement of facilities by Moscow for the repair of Russian-made air force equipment currently being used by the Afghan Air Force, the statement added. Maintenances of existing Russian weapons used by ANDSF, and the expansion of bilateral political and security relations between the two countries will be discussed during the National Security Adviser’s trip.

This comes after a senior Afghan diplomat has showed willingness to the government of Afghanistan to purchase military equipment, including aircrafts from Russia.

Ambassador of Russian Federation to Kabul, Alexander Mantytskiy, has said that Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has discussed the wish list with his Russian counterpart, Igor V. Morgulov in his Moscow trip. “We sent a request to the Russian Security Council for expanding cooperation in the military field, including deliveries of helicopters to Kabul,” the Afghan deputy foreign minister said this during his meeting with Russian officials.

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