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Russian-Italian agreement on transit of military equipment and personnel via Russian territory submitted to State Duma for ratification

December 27, 2012

Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma for ratification the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Italian Republic on Railway Transit of Weapons, Military Equipment, Military Assets and Personnel via Russian Federation Territory in Connection with Participation by Armed Forces of the Italian Republic in Efforts to Stabilise and Rehabilitate the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, signed in Sochi on December 3, 2010.

In line with UN Security Council resolutions, the agreement is intended to lay the legal grounds for the Russian Federation to offer railway transit via its territory for cargoes of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (weapons, military equipment and military assets) as well as military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Italian Republic for the purposes of supporting the international efforts to stabilise and rehabilitate Afghanistan.

December 27, 2012