Learn­ing from Ex­pe­ri­ence

Southasia - - Briefing -

Ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­ports, NATO com­man­ders have re­cently reached out to the Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry for in­for­ma­tion on the Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. The U.S led NATO troops will em­u­late the Rus­sian ex­pe­ri­ence for troop withdrawal, which is ex­pected to take place in De­cem­ber 2014.

NATO of­fi­cials who are part of the 2014 withdrawal have shown in­ter­est to meet the par­tic­i­pants of the 1989 op­er­a­tion. The Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry has ac­cepted the re­quest, cit­ing no rea­son to re­ject the ap­peal and promis­ing to pro­vide U.S. com­man­ders with all rel­e­vant doc­u­ments. Rus­sia and NATO also held a for­eign min­is­ter’s con­fer­ence in April to dis­cuss the withdrawal in de­tail. The U.S. is plan­ning to with­draw all troops from Afghanistan in 2014 af­ter an­a­lysts sug­gested that the coun­try was en­gaged in an un­winnable war.

Rus­sia has of­fered the U.S. to use the Baltic Port of Ust-Luga to with­draw its troops from Afghanistan. NATO of­fi­cials will ben­e­fit greatly from this Rus­sian ges­ture as trans­port­ing coali­tion cargo through the Ulyanovsk trans­port hub was a bur­den on their fi­nances and us­ing the Baltic Port will be a fea­si­ble op­tion. In addi- tion, the Rus­sia-NATO co­op­er­a­tion will give ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­mote Rus­sian mil­i­tary hard­ware in for­eign mar­kets.

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