Topic: Situation in Afghanistan
NATO's plans to retain military bases in Afghanistan after its combat troops withdraw are "controversial," Lavrov said© AFP 2013/ Punit Paranjpe
ASTANA, September 12 (RIA Novosti)
NATO's plans to retain military bases in Afghanistan after its combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014 are "controversial," Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.
"We cannot ignore how the situation in this country is unfolding, especially in light of controversial statements that foreign troops will leave in 2014 but the bases will remain," Sergei Lavrov said at an international ministerial meeting in Kazakhstan.
"We need clarity here: if the anti-terrorist mission is complete (and this is still in doubt), then are the bases being kept for some other purpose?" Lavrov said.
It was not clear to which plans exactly Lavrov referred.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a long-term partnership agreement in May which set the conditions of an American withdrawal from the war-torn nation. The deal envisages that a number of U.S. personnel will remain in the country beyond 2014 working as military advisers and counterterrorism forces.
But Obama said Washington was not seeking permanent bases in Afghanistan.
"We will not build permanent bases in this country, nor will we be patrolling its cities and mountains," Obama said in May. "That will be the job of the Afghan people."
NATO was not immediately available for comment.
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- moistIt is probably not completely lost to Russia...13:34, 12/09/2012...why the western fascist aggression pact NATO invaded Afghanistan in the first place: To secure the country for a pipe line, a long with some permanent military bases to protect it.
Secondly wiping out unreliable former "friends" who might become a security risk against the regional hegemony of "that sh*tty little country" causing most problems in the world and of course re-establish the post-Taliban flourishing drug trade for CIA´s coffers.
Only the latter has been successfully accomplished which of course should concern Russia since it mostly is aimed at Russia like it was in the 80´s...
- RizaAfghanLOL20:56, 12/09/2012Seems you are having mental problem, As an Afghan citizen i highly recommend you to check yourself up to the nearest doctor :-)
We have no problem with NATO nor with the United states.
I think you should really mind your own business and no need to be that emotional. LOL
You are acting very emotional and having lots of hate against NATO and USA!
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.