Russia to review Afghan transit deal

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 12:20 hrs

Moscow, Oct 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian parliament will review an agreement with Sweden on military transit to Afghanistan via the Russian airspace.

The agreement signed Oct 11, 2011 was submitted for ratification by the Russian parliament in July this year.

The document establishes the legal base for transit of Swedish military cargoes and personnel via Russia's airspace to support operations of the NATO forces.

The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, was expected to review it Friday.

Transit is to be carried out on the basis of general or one-time permits issued by the appropriate Russian authorities.

The Swedish military contingent in Afghanistan comprises 500 servicemen.

NATO has pledged to hand over responsibility for security in Afghanistan to Afghan police and military by the end of 2014.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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