Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 8, 2009

The United States welcomes the inaugural flight of material transiting Russia en route to Afghanistan to support ISAF operations. This flight is the result of an agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation reached during the Presidential summit in Moscow in July about transit of lethal material through Russian airspace. It is a complement to our agreement on shipment of non-lethal supplies to ISAF across Russian territory that has been running smoothly for several months. Together, these provide valuable alternate supply routes to our troops in Afghanistan. Russia’s agreement to allow the United States to transit lethal equipment across its territory in support of ISAF operations is an important contribution to our efforts to improve security and stability in Afghanistan. We look forward to many more flights under this agreement.

PRN: 2009/1010