Russia, NATO agree on armoured vehicles transfers: Lavrov

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Russia will allow NATO to transfer armoured vehicles through its territory to Afghanistan under an expanded new cooperation agreement, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

"The simplified procedure has been expanded to include armoured vehicles with fortified anti-mine protection," Lavrov said at a joint press appearance with his Afghan counterpart Zalmay Rasul.

"This is an important addition that participants of the international security-promotion forces asked about in the past."

Moscow and NATO struck a deal last weekend to boost the flow of Western military supply shipments through Russia to the front line in Afghanistan.

But NATO officials did not disclose details of the new agreement.

Russia had previously allowed NATO to transfer non-combat equipment to Afghanistan.

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