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Moscow Completing Firearms Delivery to Afghanistan

Sputnik News

14:27 24.02.2016(updated 14:44 24.02.2016)

Afghanistan received 10,000 AK-47 assault rifles from Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow is completing the delivery of a batch of firearms to Kabul under the latest contract between the two states, Zamir Kabulov, the head of the department in the Russian Foreign Ministry responsible for Afghanistan, said Wendesday.

"Deliveries are underway. This morning, an official handover ceremony [for the batch of 10,000 AK-47 assault rifles] was held in Kabul with Afghan officials and our Ambassador [Alexander Mantytskiy] in attendance. So the deliveries are nearing completion," Kabulov told RIA Novosti.

According to Kabulov, who is also the Kremlin's special envoy to Afghanistan, a new contract between the sides for firearms is not currently being planned.

In October, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asked Russia to supply artillery, small arms and helicopters to the central Asian country to aid it in its fight against Islamist insurgents.


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