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| NATO asks Russia to supply helicopters for Afghanistan|
| Updated at: 1807 PST, Wednesday, December 16, 2009|
MOSCOW: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday called on Russia to strengthen its cooperation on Afghanistan, asking Moscow to supply more helicopters for the conflict.
"Today I have invited Russia to strengthen Russia's terms of cooperation in Afghanistan," Rasmussen said after talks with President Dmitry Medvedev.
"I have presented them with a list of concrete proposals. Firstly, I suggested a helicopter package," Rasmussen said.
"I think Russia could contribute in a very concrete way by providing helicopters, helicopter training and spare parts," Rasmussen said.
Russia had already provided the Afghan government with two helicopters for humanitarian purposes. It was not immediately clear from Rasmussen's comments if the new helicopters would be for Kabul or for NATO forces.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was present at the talks, said Medvedev had already given an order to review the proposals.