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    US Partially Lifts Afghanistan Helicopter Maintenance Sanctions Against Russia

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    US has partially lifted sanctions against cooperation on helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan, the Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States has partially lifted sanctions against cooperation with Afghanistan on helicopter maintenance with Russia’s Rosoboronexport state defense exporter, the Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday.

    "Nothing prevented them from lifting sanctions against Rosoboronexprt relating to the delivery and maintenance of our helicopters to Afghanistan. They painted themselves into a corner and had to lift parts of the sanctions," Zamir Kabulov said at a press conference organized by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

    Kabulov, who directs the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department, pointed out that Washington’s reversal relates to helicopter supply part deliveries.

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