On Monday, the president’s spokesman said that the Afghan government wants to extend ties with European Russia in the fight against drugs despite Hamid Karzai’s rage over a joint US-Russia drugs.
In the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, 4 “Russian agents” participated in a raid on drug-processing laboratories last week in the first known joint US-Russian counter-narcotics operation in the country.
Karzai released a statement at the weekend exasperatedly condemning the raid, saying it was a violation of Afghan sovereignty and had taken place without permission of his government.
Waheed Omer, a spokesman of Karzai confirmed that agreement was there but said there was no agreement which allowed Russian military personnel to operate in Afghanistan.
Waheed Omer said, “Deploying four Russian agents in a military operation inside Afghanistan by NATO… violates the sovereignty of Afghanistan,”
“We want good relations with Russia as two countries with extraordinary vulnerability to narcotics. We hope to have further cooperation with the Russians regarding narcotics according to the bilateral agreement.”
Russia’s involvement in Afghanistan is a sensitive matter after the Soviet Union’s ten-year war in the country, which started with invasion in 1979.