"Transit flights of German aircraft involved in the UN peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan are performed on the basis of the general one-year permission on transit of German weapons and military equipment via Russian territory issued by the State Customs Committee," the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
"The conclusion of a bilateral agreement on military transit is Russia's first agreement of this kind with a NATO member-state. It reflects a high level of Russian-German partnership and is Russia's practical contribution into Afghanistan's settlement," the Foreign Ministry stressed.
On February 3 the German military-transport aircraft performed the first flight in accordance with the Russian-German intergovernmental agreement on transit of military equipment and personnel via Russian territory. The agreement was signed in Yekaterinburg on October 9, 2003.