NATO is not looking for deployment of Russian forces in Afghanistan: spokesman

19:30, November 01, 2010      

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The Spokesman of NATO's Civilian Representative in Afghanistan on Monday said that the military alliance is not looking for Russian force to be deployed in the post-Taliban Afghanistan.

"NATO is not looking for Russian forces to be deployed in Afghanistan; it is not that something the Russian government wishes to do and it is not something the government of Afghanistan has requested," Dominic Medley told reporters in a joint weekly press conference with Brigadier-General Josef Blotz spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here.

Earlier section of media reported that Russian forces are expected to be deployed in Afghanistan to take part in training of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

However, he said the upcoming meeting of NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with Russian officials in Moscow will be a preparation for NATO member-states summit due on November 19 and 20 in Lisbon of Portugal.

"And there will be in essence be I think work between now and the Summit on, three areas in which we can deepen NATO-Russia cooperation," he empathized.

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