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USA wants to transport equipment away from Afghanistan via all Baltic countries

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 21.06.2012.Print version
The USA intends to channel equipment that it brings back from Afghanistan via Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and U.S. Transportation Command Commander William M. Fraser visited Estonia this week to study the possibilities, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

This year, 4,000 containers of equipment went to Afghanistan via Estonia. The Latvian figure is 6,500, Lithuanian 1,600.

 

Soon containers will move in both directions as Americans intend to hand over security management in Afghanistan gradually to locals and as the result moving military equipment away from Afganistan is prepared.

 

"We have already twice tested if the scheme via Estonia works and the third test is under way. Thus we harmonise procedures. In the future when we will make more readjustments of forces in Afghanistan, the speed and volume of cargo brought from there will increase in Estonia," said Fraser.

 

The port of Tallinn is convinced that Estonia could handle more of cargo from Afghanistan. "We are already looking how to receive cargo that is coming back from Afghanistan and our own infrastructure, the railways, port and terminal, have excellent infrastructure for that. And we have sufficient capacity so that I think that we would like to snatch a bigger share from our Southern neighbours than we have managed to in the past couple of years," said Port of Tallinn board chairman Ain Kaljurand.

 

General Fraser visited all there Baltic States.






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