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Medvedev, Obama may sign Afghan transit deal

Medvedev, Obama may sign Afghan transit deal
AFP
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First Published: Wed, Apr 01 2009. 04 12 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 01 2009. 04 12 PM IST
Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev may sign a deal with Barack Obama on the transit of US supplies to Afghanistan via Russia when they meet in London, a Kremlin source told the Kommersant daily Wednesday.
“We have no allergies on the issue of the transit of American cargoes. We are ready to sign a separate agreement on this matter,” the source, identified as a Kremlin official involved in planning for the meeting, told the newspaper.
Such a deal would build on an existing agreement on transit, after Russia allowed the first shipment of US supplies bound for Afghanistan to cross its territory by railroad last month.
Kommersant said Russia could offer the United States aerial transit as well as the services of its RZD state railroad firm to deliver supplies to Afghanistan, where Western forces are struggling to put down a Taliban insurgency.
Obama and Medvedev are already expected to sign two joint declarations, one on strategic arms and another more general one about US-Russian relations, when they meet today in the run-up to the G-20 summit in London.
Obama has pledged to “restart” US-Russian relations after they became badly strained during the administration of former US president George W Bush.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 01 2009. 04 12 PM IST
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