Afghan president seeks close relationship with Kremlin
Afghanistan, Kabul, Jan. 19 / Trend , A. Hakimi/ President Hamid Karzai's office said that Russia is ready to cooperate on defense matters with Afghanistan. The announcement coincides with an increasingly public tussle between Afghan and Western officials.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a letter to his Russian counterpart last November stressed enhancing relations between the two nations.
Critics of the intended entente between the Kremlin and Kabul say the decision by Karzai to court Russia is a direct result of the Western powers losing faith in his leadership, warning the ploy may backfire by stirring up Russo-Western tensions
The Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev expressed his country's readiness to help Afghanistan in the field of defense, in a letter to the Afghan president on Monday January 19, 2009.
President Dmitry Medvedev in a letter to the Afghan president noted that the Kremlin regards Afghanistan as a close friend to the Russian Federation.
The letter also praised Afghanistan's efforts in the fields of good governance, reconstruction and development.
"The Russian Federation has every incentive to hold good relations with its neighbors," quoted the Medvedev letter.
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