July 3rd, 2009
10:32 AM ET
5 years ago

Kremlin: U.S. can ship weapons across Russia to Afghanistan

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) – Russia will allow the United States to ship weapons across its air space to Afghanistan, Kremlin spokesman Alex Pavlov said Friday.

Pavlov said he doesn't know when the policy will take effect, but imagines the details will come out when presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev meet Monday and Tuesday in Moscow.

A senior official in the Obama administration told CNN the men are expected to sign an agreement to allow the transit of U.S. military equipment to Afghanistan for use in American military operations.

The two countries already have an agreement allowing rail transportation of non-lethal supplies across Russian territory.

On Thursday, Medvedev said Obama's new administration has shown a willingness to "build more effective, reliable, and ultimately more modern relations. We are ready to play our part."


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Matt

    1 country down. 5 more to go (NK, Iran, Afganistan, Iraq, China)

    July 3, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Isn't it wonderful not having "my way or the highway" "DO NOTHING" Bush? Other countries are actually starting to cooperate in common causes.

    July 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Jero

    thats the foreign policy we were waiting for... keep up the good work Mr. President.

    July 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. alexpillay

    As much as I beg to differ,Mr.Powell's concern/s seem bona fide and timely.The American people do owe it that much for a speedy solution to the mounting problems that seem to exacerbate the situation since Mr Obama took the helm. There is just to much on the table and it warrants supernatural abilities to ever get on top of it. Mr.Powell could start with praying for the President instead. Wish you all the best gentlemen!

    July 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. when presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev

    what was the price of this agreement?

    Putin is softening in his old age

    If they were already getting weapons to Afgan, is this needed, it must translate into a significant cost reduction

    hope the cost reduction outways the favor

    July 3, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Larry

    I hope this isn't a smoke screen for another agenda of the Russians. If it's sincere, WOW!

    GO PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    Don't listen to your critics, follow your heart. And you evidently have some fine people surrounding you too!

    July 3, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. markrbradley

    The United States and Russia must cooperate against a common enemy, the Islamic fundamentalist, and terrorist. Eventually, both countries will have to wage a war of attrition against them. The bush administration nearly destroyed a prime opportunity for both countries to cooperate by interjecting failed policies. The Islamic fundamentalists see the United States and Russia as an evil that must be destroyed, exactly as the axis powers of WWll. Therefore, to address such enemies the United States and Russia must eradicate them. They do not understand, nor are they interested in our philosophies, and consider our lifestyles as demonic, barbaric, and abhorrent. In the face of such delusional religious fanaticism the only course of action is all out war.

    July 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Ted

    Good start to diplomatic relations. We need more of this.

    July 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. end the warz

    Why are we sending more weapons? Obama should be bringing our troops HOME.

    July 3, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. gerry

    What a difference a year makes. America's President is now the most trusted leader in the world, while a year ago Bush was the single most hated in the world.

    Sort of different having people in other parts of the world cheer our President versus throwing shoes at him or burning our flag.

    Well done President Obama.

    July 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. thetruth

    to endthewarz–isn't it feasible to surmise that the U.S. cannot just end the war, we can't just allow al qaeda & extremist taliban to operate unchecked in th AF-PAK area. These guys will rebuild & retrain and are vowed & committed to hurting America and her interests. We can't just leave. I am also well aware that our very presence in muslim & arab lands provides the fuel & justification for some arabs & muslims to continue to fight against us. However if we are trying to win hearts & minds in the AF-PAK area, we must first clear away–destroy–the extremest elements in that area. The situation on the ground must be secure in order for elections to be held freely, for aide workers to operate, for schools to be built, for reform to take place. We have to wage & win the war first and then bring in logistical and humanitarian efforts. Saying "endthewarz" is being naive & dangerous.

    July 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Operation Crush Rush

    Somebody has to catch Bin Laden.The hotshot gunslingers, Cheney and Bush couldnt do it,now its up to us to bring them to justice.With Russias help they will be caught.

    July 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. mike

    Don't be fooled, the US would of had to give up something in return. What's behind the agreement? Foreign Policy 101.

    July 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |