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Russia's Putin says NATO should stay in Afghanistan
August 1, 2012 / 1:52 PM / in 5 years

Russia's Putin says NATO should stay in Afghanistan

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.

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

“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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