MOSCOW, 29th October. As some Western media claimed, Russiaï¿½s decision to supply Mi-35 helicopters to Afghanistan led to growing pro-Russian sentiments in this country.
Recently Russia decided to supply Afghanistan with Mi-35 helicopters, as Afghan president Ashraf ghani asked for help with military aviation procurement. 'Wall Street Journal' claimed that this resulted in pro-Russian sentiments among Afghan politics. Some of them even expressed hope for direct military help from Russia in the fight against terrorists.
Nevertheless, Russian envoy in Kabul Alexander Mantytsky declared that Russia will unlikely send soldiers to Afghanistan. It is actually the task ISAF failed to accomplish, he added.
Afghan president spokesman Zafar Hashimi noted that Afghanistan hopes to obtain Russian help gratuitously, but will not reject the Mi-35 contract even if it is not possible. ï¿½In such case Afghan government will pay for Mi-35 helicopters from state budgetï¿½, he concluded.