Russia-NATO cooperation on Afghanistan could be threatened without UNSC mandate

Russia says that NATO should regularly inform the UN Security Council on its plans in Afghanistan after 2014 and that cooperation with Russia could be threatened in case the UN Security Council does not approve a mandate for the next operation.

"We insist on the necessity to inform the UN Security Council regularly about NATO plans regarding the future operation in Afghanistan… We need complete clarity regarding the mandate, size and tasks of the possible future operation in Afghanistan, which is to be sanctioned by the UN Security Council," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, told Interfax ahead of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's visit to Russia on May 16-19.

"In case the mandate of further NATO operation in Afghanistan after 2014 is not confirmed by the UN Security Council, this could create obstacles for our further cooperation with NATO, which is preconditioned by the relevant sanction of the Security Council," Gatilov said.

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