December 21, 2017 – FRN –
Washington urges Afghanistan to abandon the use of Russian helicopters, the presidential aide on military technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, told reporters.
“The US has taken unprecedented pressure on the Afghan authorities to force them to make such a decision, and it’s actually done for only one thing – after all, there continues to be both the anti-terrorist war and the civil war, and for this helicopters are necessary. What is offered in return? American helicopters, “- said Kozhin.
This is a very vivid example of what is happening in the field of arms exports. At the same time, the lion’s share of helicopter technology in Afghanistan is the Russian Mi helicopters, in which Afghan pilots are trained.
“These are the “competitive ways” that are being offered to us today – we are discussing, including with the Afghan authorities, how they are going to use our equipment, what will happen to it. It’s impossible for the pilot who operaeted the Mi helicopter, to transfer to another helicopter tomorrow. Therefore, the issue is rather complicated, we will continue to deal with it,” Kozhin said.
In November, the Afghan Defense Ministry reported that Kabul no longer needs Russian helicopters because it receives them from NATO member countries.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that the United States is hindering the supply of Russian equipment to Afghanistan, reducing the potential of the country’s armed forces.