NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expects Russia to support a UN Security Council resolution mandating the alliance to carry out a new operation in Afghanistan after 2014.
"We have clearly stated at the NATO summit in Chicago that we will seek a sound legal basis, such as a UN Security Council resolution," Rasmussen said in an interview with Interfax, which will also be published in the Monday issue of Novaya Gazeta. "But of course that requires a positive collaboration from all permanent members of the UN Security Council."
"I would expect Russia to have a positive attitude towards providing such a resolution. I mean it's in Russia's interests to ensure long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, because that is also an impact on the region and in that respect also an impact on Russia," he said.
NATO said earlier that it planned to withdraw the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and start a new training and advisory operation in that country after that.
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