Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and
Translation: You need us more than we need you. Just forget about Georgia.
Cooperation on Afghanistan has been the most successful project uniting NATO and Russia, whose relations froze after Moscow‘s brief war in Georgia last August.
Before the war, Russia agreed to allow non-military NATO supplies to be delivered to Afghanistan across its territory bypassing Pakistan, where supply convoys face security risks.
NATO and Russia are expected to hold on Monday the first session of their council since the South Ossetia war. Russian officials have made clear the fate of the Afghan transit depends on how relations between Moscow and the alliance develop.
Medvedev’s overtures to Obama are part of an effort by the Kremlin to use change in the White House to mend bilateral relations.
Russia, alarmed by a threat from Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to its Central Asian allies, had backed a U.S. drive to topple them in 2001.
But it later became more critical of the U.S.-led operation in Afghanistan saying it had stopped short of stabilizing the country and failed to lessen the threat of Islamic radicalism and drug trafficking.
“The number of radicals is not declining in Afghanistan,” Medvedev said. “Poverty continues to produce terrorism.”
Russian President Medvedev is holding talks on energy and security during the second day of his visit to Uzbekistan, one of Russia‘s key partners in Central Asia.
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