Kabul: Russia has signed a memorandum on development of the coal thermal power sector in Afghanistan, Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov said in an interview with Russian media.
“One month ago, businessmen from the Republic of Tatarstan signed a memorandum on development of the coal thermal power sector in Afghanistan in Kabul. It is a trilateral project with Iran and Pakistan,” he said.
The envoy noted that Russian pipe producers are ready to join the construction of the Afghan part of the gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India.
Russian experts also participate in the technical group on construction of a railway from Uzbekistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan.
“A project on establishment of modern medical laboratories for the public in Afghan cities is being prepared. Our businessmen may also take part in the modernization of the Salang tunnel. The business council on cooperation with Afghanistan is also at work,” Zhirnov told Izvestia news paper.
According to Russian ambassador to Afghanistan, the trade volume between the two countries has increased by 40% in one year.
“The cooperation in the economy goes on; it is market-driven, based on commercial contracts. Our approach implies that this cooperation must be mutually beneficial, and interesting for the business circles from the return standpoint,” Zhirnov noted, answering a question regarding a proposal put forth by an Afghan minister to exchange Russian oil for Afghan minerals.