DATELINE: MOSCOW Aug 23
The delivery of Russian firearms and ammunition to Afghanistan will start after Kabul files the request, a military diplomat told Interfax-AVN in Moscow on Monday.
“A political decision to donate firearms and ammunition to the Afghan Interior Ministry has been made, and the work is about to start,” he said.
In fact, Moscow is resuming direct deliveries of Russian armaments and ammunition to Kabul. The deliveries were suspended in 2005 as Moscow did not wish to duplicate U.S. supplies, he said.
The firearms and ammunition will be supplied from Russian Defense Ministry depots, the diplomat said.
He did not specify the amount of the upcoming deliveries.
Russia rendered over $220 million worth of military and technical aid to Afghanistan between 2002 and 2005, including airfield equipment and the anti-aircraft missile system that currently protects the Kabul Airport. “The Afghan army also received four military cargo aircraft, and eight helicopters were repaired,” the diplomat said.
Earlier reports said that Russia had supplied Afghanistan with communication and control systems, over 100 trucks, dozens of cross-country vehicles, as well as parts, repair workshop equipment, manuals and other property. In addition, Russia helped repair and modernize armaments and military hardware belonging to the Afghan army.
Russian Defense Ministry schools trained over 300 Afghan servicemen for free.