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Strategic Allies: Russia to Supply Afghanistan With Million Tons of Oil

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Russia is considering the possibility of supplying Afghanistan with 1.5 million tons of oil per year, according to the Deputy Minister of Energy Yury Sentyurin.

According to the minister, Afghanistan consumes more than 3 million tons of petroleum products for its own personal needs and uses another 3 million for the International Security Assistance Force.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001.

According to the Russian minister, Russia does not intend to supply Afghanistan with all of the 6 million tons of oil products but it could easily supply 1-1.5 million.

“I do not think that we need to monopolize the market. We have proposed a strategic idea to our Afghan partners to form a strategic national reserve,” the minister said.

In addition, Russia has offered to carry out further exploration work in northern Afghanistan. This feat could be undertaken by the company, ‘Zarubezhgeologiya’. The proposal was made in the framework of the Russian-Afghan intergovernmental commission.

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  • goldcamshaft
    Exclude Russia, you say? See who will be the ones excluded in the future.
    Set a fire on your neighbour's house and all it takes is a shift of wind to destroy your own!
    The hurricane of change is coming!
  • Mitach2002
    Strange. The terrorist American government would just rape the nation of its natural resources, they never give anything without the heftiest of obligations included.
  • What a great move by Russia with there rhetoric of peaceful trade and negotiations. Even to the extent to supply a limited amount of oil so as not to monopolize the market. It is quit admirable what Russia has achieved here. Something that CANNOT be said of the septic (US) cause which is to take out all they can and leave it in dust........................as exemplified by there heroin trade that has manifested well for there commercial gain!!!
  • enrique_costas
    An oil and a gas pipeline which leads to India can take place through China or through Kazakhstan-Afghanistan-Pakistan.
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