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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:39 PM

NATO should finish job in Afghanistan, Putin says


Aug 1, 2012 - 20:11

By Gleb Bryanski

ULYANOVSK, Russia (Reuters) - NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan until they have finished their job to ensure stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, criticising the planned withdrawal of most combat troops by 2014.

Putin reiterated Kremlin concerns that the pull-out of the U.S.-led alliance, due to start next year, will leave the Central Asian region south of Russia vulnerable to militant violence and drug trafficking.

"It is regrettable that many participants in this operation are thinking about how to pull out of there. They took up this burden and should carry it to the end," Putin said at a meeting with paratroopers in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk.

"If there is no order in Afghanistan it will not be calm on our southern borders. The current (Afghan) leadership will have difficulties keeping the situation under control. NATO member states are present there, and are performing this function," he said.


I can understand that. This former KGB Agent hopes we never leave until we are forced to leave with our tails between our legs and financially bankrupt like the Soviet Union did.


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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:51 PM

1. who was KGB director when soviets ran from Afghanistan w/out finishing the job lol nt

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