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Putin supports NATO base deployment in Russia

(Xinhua)

08:53, August 02, 2012

MOSCOW, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Russia is interested in the creation of a NATO logistic hub on its territory, because such a hub would benefit the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

During his visit to the central Russian city of Ulyanovsk, where the stop-over base has been slated to open, Putin voiced his support to the base, which would help NATO to deliver consignments to and from Afghanistan.

"We are interested in it. We are interested in calm on our southern borders (near Afghanistan)," Putin told the airborne forces in Ulyanovsk.

He elaborated that Russia was not going to participate in the combat operations in Afghanistan, but Moscow needed order in that country.

"Now there is a presence of the NATO troops in Afghanistan. They need help. Let them keep fighting there... and we will help them," Putin said.

Meanwhile, the president stressed that Russia would like to help deliver NATO's consignments rather than to send troops to the country.
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