Medvedev agrees for US military transit to Afghanistan via Russia

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 12:10 hrs

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a legal agreement that allows the US military transit of weapons, military hardware, military property and personnel via Russia, to Afghanistan.

The Russia-US agreement was signed in July 2009 with annual automatic prolongation to support Washington's efforts of Afghanistan's stabilization.

On February 25, the agreement had been ratified by the Russian State Duma (lower house of the parliament). The Russian Federal Council, (upper house of the parliament), ratified the bill on March 2.

According to the consensus reached by both the governments, the agreement had already come into effect 60 days after it was signed, before its official ratifications by both sides, Xinhua reports.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that 16 percent of the United States' Afghan-bound weapons, military hardware and servicemen have been dispatched through Russian territory and 115,000 U.S. servicemen and over 19 tons of cargo have already crossed Russian territory as part of the agreement. (ANI)