Russia's Putin says NATO should stay in Afghanistan

ULYANOVSK, Russia Wed Aug 1, 2012 9:50am EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin participates at a forum of pro-Kremlin youth groups in the Seliger region July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin participates at a forum of pro-Kremlin youth groups in the Seliger region July 31, 2012.

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ULYANOVSK, Russia (Reuters) - NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan until their job is done, Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, suggesting they should stay beyond a planned withdrawal of most combat troops in 2014.

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

(Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Steve Gutterman)

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bobber1956 wrote:
Yes he would say that. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that we should pull out and let Putin deal with Afghan they are after all his neighbors.

Aug 01, 2012 10:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chrisberg393 wrote:
#Afghanistan is the only land in the world that has never and will never be conquered. Just ask Russia, Great Britain, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and now modern era USA. :)

Aug 01, 2012 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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