Russia offer assistance to Afghanistan after NATO troops withdrawls

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the people of Afghanistan can count on Moscow’s support if the situation in Afghanistan gets complicated following the withdrawal of the NATO-led coalition force.
“We must note that the situation, as it is developing in Afghanistan, certainly attracts attention around the world, not least in the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organisation) zone,” Putin was quoted by Tass news agency as telling a meeting of CSTO parliamentary assembly members, with an Afghan delegation in attendance.
“We realize that challenges will arise following the international contingent’s withdrawal,” he said, referring to the withdrawal of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) by the end of 2014. The president hoped that the Afghan people would stabilise their country soon, but said that it would be not easy to achieve that goal.
“If necessary, we are ready to lend our Afghan friends a shoulder to lean on in order to ensure the situation in Afghanistan remains stable and has positive development prospects,” Putin said. He noted that the CSTO had rich experience in jointly combating terrorism and drug trafficking, the main threats originated from Afghanistan.
Russia currently chairs the CSTO, which also comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with Afghanistan and Serbia holding observer status in the group. The ISAF is set to end their combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, entrusting the Afghan national security forces with the responsibility to ensure Afghanistan’s future peace and stability.