Russian FM: US to use Russian air base for military transit to Afghanistan under new deal

The Associated Press

MOSCOW - The Russian foreign minister says a new deal allowing the United States to use a Russian air base for transit of troops and military cargo to Afghanistan will help ensure Russia's own security.

Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that the agreement permitting the U.S. to use the air base in the city of Ulyanovsk on the Volga River would soon be considered by the Russian Cabinet.

Moscow has earlier provided the U.S. and other NATO nations with air corridors and railway routes for carrying supplies to and from Afghanistan. The new deal will for the first time allow the U.S. to set up a logistics facility for troops and cargo on the Russian territory.

Lavrov strongly defended the deal, saying that the success of NATO's mission in Afghanistan is good for Russia's national interests.