Almost a quarter century after Soviet troops left Afghanistan in defeat, Russia may return to the country by establishing “maintenance bases” for Russian-made military equipment after NATO winds down its operations there next year, defense ministry officials have confirmed.
It is important to maintain the weapon systems and military equipment of the Afghan armed forces in a serviceable state,” Sergei Koshelev, head of the Russian defense ministry’s international cooperation department, told journalists late last week.
Moscow is extremely worried “that any escalation of the situation in Afghanistan after NATO troops pull out in 2014 could have a negative impact on the security of both Russia and other European nations,” he added.
Full article: Russia going back to Afghanistan? Kremlin confirms it could happen (Christian Science Monitor)