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NATO asks Ukraine to send military instructors to Afghanistan

RIA Novosti

14:26 24/02/2011

KIEV, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday the alliance has asked Ukraine to consider allocating military instructors to help train Afghan security forces.

The NATO chief arrived on a visit to Ukraine on Thursday. He is expected to meet with President Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and other senior officials.

Rasmussen told Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko that the alliance's training mission in Afghanistan was short of staff.

The mission aims to train the Afghan security forces to be able to take full responsibility in the country.

Ahead of the visit, Rasmussen said NATO plans to step up cooperation with Ukraine to tackle common problems.

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