MOSCOW, April 10 (Itar-Tass) —— There will be no military base or a NATO transit centre in Ulyanovsk, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“The presence of neither NATO’s military nor civil personnel is panned there,” Maria Zakharova stressed.
“We are looking at a possibility to ensure transit of only land-based [non-military] cargoes of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan by a combined method, or by air, motor and railway transport, via Russia’s territory,” she said.
“There is nothing new or sensational in Russia’s offering assistance to the ISAF in transit of cargoes,” she stressed. “By the way, the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan includes servicemen from 22 non-NATO countries. This assistance is offered in line with United Nations Security Council resolution number 1386, which calls on Afghanistan’s neighbors and UN member countries to provide necessary assistance to the international security assistance force in Afghanistan, including permission for transit and plane flights.
Russia has legally binding agreements with Germany, France, Spain, the United States, and Sweden on transit of cargoes for the needs on their contingents within the ISAF, he added.