Russia to support Afghan projects


Russia plans to continue supporting regional cooperation with Afghanistan to realize socio-economic projects, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.

The projects include the Salang Tunnel, ammonia fertilizer factory and the thermal power plant in Mazar-i-Sharif and the new dam, Lavrov said in Kabul.

Russia plans to invest $500 million in the CASA-1000 project to build a power line to connect the central and southern parts of Asia and start building the TAPU pipeline.

Russia is expanding the program for training civil and military specialists and drug control officers of Afghanistan. Russia supports Afghanistan as an observer at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Lavrov expressed condolences over the recent earthquake that had killed over 70 people in Afghanistan. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter the Afghan President Hamid Karzai offering humanitarian aid and other support.