Russia’s Supply of Kalashnikovs to Afghanistan ‘Help During Testing Time’

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Kalashnikov mount displayed at the Russian Defense Ministry's Innovation Day 2015 exhibition, on the premises of the congress and exhibition center of the Russian armed forces in Kubinka, Moscow Region - Sputnik International
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Russia gave 10,000 Kalashnikov rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition to Afghanistan as a gift following the Russian-Afghan security agreement.

The presidential adviser on national security, Hanif Atmar, said that this gift demonstrated the strong friendship between the two nations.

He said “international terrorism” in Afghanistan was a threat not only to the country and the region, but also to “our friends in Russia”.

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Atmar noted that it was an important gift from an important friend during a testing period for the country and the region.

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik Pashto an Afghan MP, Haji Saleh Mohammad Saleh, shared his views on this delivery.

“After the fall of the Afghan Taliban regime in 2001, the Afghan security forces began rearmament from scratch. Most of the weapons were hopelessly outdated. Russia continued helping us in this difficult situation which was a turning point for our country.”

The MP further said, “The supply of arms to Afghan authorities in terms of both political and military point of view is an important and even a brave step for any country.

Here is the general point that despite disagreements between the US and Russia, Moscow still helped Afghanistan with the Kalashnikovs.”

Talking about the reaction of the public to this gesture, Mohammed Saleh said, “Our people are very excited about this help and hope that such assistance continues. I would also like to note that Russia not only in the military sphere but also in the economic sphere has a serious potential to support Afghanistan.”

The MP said that he hoped that Russia will further assist Afghanistan in reconstructing the infrastructure that was laid down years ago by the Soviet Union.

He also expressed hope that the two countries can collaborate in the field of agriculture, as both the countries have great experience in the field.

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