Law on ratification of agreement between Russia and the United States on transit of military cargoes to Afghanistan via Russian territory

Dmitry Medvedev signed Federal Law On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States of America on Transit of Weapons, Military Equipment, Military Assets and Personnel via Russian Federation Territory in Connection with Participation by Armed Forces of the United States of America in Efforts to Maintain Security, Stabilise and Rehabilitate the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

In line with UN Security Council resolutions, the agreement is intended to lay the legal grounds for the Russian Federation to offer transit via its territory for aircraft transporting weapons, military equipment and military assets, servicemen and civilian personnel of the US Armed Forces for the purposes of supporting the international efforts to stabilise and rehabilitate Afghanistan, as well as air transit via its territory of weapons, military equipment, military assets and servicemen of other states, which the US is assisting through logistics support in Afghanistan.

The agreement stipulates that Russia is entitled to refuse to grant transit permit in case it is established that US cargo and personnel air transportation may pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation or does not comply with the purposes of the Agreement.

The Agreement was signed in Moscow on July 6, 2009.

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