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Russia will allow transit of non-lethal supplies for U.S. troops
Russia will allow transit of non-lethal supplies for U.S. troops in Afghanistan as soon as Washington provides Moscow with detailed information on the cargo, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Several NATO nations, including France, Germany and Canada, already transport non-lethal supplies to their contingents in Afghanistan via Russia under bilateral agreements. Washington is expected to follow suit after striking a similar deal with Moscow in mid-January.

"We are waiting for our American partners to send us an official request listing the amount and the nature of the supplies. We will issue the relevant order as soon as this happens," Lavrov said on Russia's Vesti-24 television.

Due to worsening security on the main land route from Pakistan and the possible closure of a U.S. airbase in Kyrgyzstan, NATO is seeking alternative routes to supply the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

There are 62,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, and new U.S. President Barrack Obama has pledged to deploy another 30,000 U.S. military personnel in an effort to improve security in the country.

Despite the recent deterioration in relations with NATO, Russia has continued to support the military alliance's operations in Afghanistan, and has expressed its concerns with NATO over the worsening security situation in the country. Russia and NATO agreed last April on transit of non-military supplies through Russian territory.


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