FRENCH MILITARY UNITS TO BE AIRLIFTED TO AFGHANISTAN VIA RUSSIA

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MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) - Work on a Russian-French agreement on the airlifting of French military units to Afghanistan via Russia is nearing completion, says the communique of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with some Russian politicians maintaining that the airlifting of French units to Afghanistan via Russia is under way.

The Press and Information Board of the Russian Foreign Ministry notes in the commentary that matters of foreign military transit via the Russian territory is regulated by the April 8 and July 12, 2004 resolutions of the Russian government.

The commentary says that in 2003 France, taking an active part in the international effort for Afghanistan stabilisation, asked Russia to consider the possibility of concluding a separate Russian-French agreement on the transit of munitions and personnel via the Russian territory to meet the needs of the French contingent within the international force to promote security in Afghanistan.

A similar agreement between Russia and Germany was signed on October 9, 2003.

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