Afghanistan Talks Held in Moscow
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Moscow
NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Operations Stephen Evens was in Moscow on 14 March to discuss Afghanistan with senior Russian officials. Ambassador Evans held talks with Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and the Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov.
The Moscow meetings provided an opportunity for the Head of NATO’s Operations Division and Russian officials to exchange views on the current situation in Afghanistan and the outlook for the country, in the run up to the end of ISAF’s mission in 2014.
They also took the opportunity to discuss ‘Resolute Support’, NATO’s post 2014 mission in Afghanistan, which will be focused on training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces. Redeployment for ISAF in the lead-up to and beyond 2014 is also a key issue, and the transit options Russia has made available to ISAF have provided an important transit route for supplies.
The meetings highlighted how important NATO-Russia Council cooperation on Afghanistan has become in recent years, which has led to the development and expansion of the NRC Counter Narcotics Training Project, and the more recent NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund.