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Russia: Putin chairs Russian Security Council meeting on Afghanistan

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1. M/S Russian President Vladimir Putin enters meeting room 2. W/S All in attendance take a seat 3. SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (in Russian): "We are assisting Afghanistan in training civil, military, and police staff and supplying humanitarian aid to the country. We will continue these efforts to strengthen our friendly relations with Kabul." 4. C/U Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev 5. M/S Russian officials listening to Putin speak 6. SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (in Russian): "The most important step will be the withdrawal of foreign military forces. According to our partners, the International Security Assistance Force will be transformed into a consultative and training mission." 7. W/S Meeting of Russian Security Council chaired by Putin 8. SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (in Russian): "Foreign troops, with US servicemen at their core, have not yet been able to turn the tide in the war against terrorist and extremist groups. Instead, they are becoming increasingly active. That is followed by a drastic surge in the production of drugs on the territory of Afghanistan and the formation of established channels of drug trafficking to other countries. Unfortunately, the Russian Federation is one of them." 9. M/S Russian officials taking notes 10. SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (in Russian): "We have every reason to expect that the upcoming period will bring further complications in the situation. International terrorist and radical groups make no secret of their plans to export instability and will probably attempt to shift their subversive activities to the soil of neighbouring states. This kind of turn of events has serious dangers for Russia as well." 11. M/S Russian officials 12. SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (in Russian): "Our job is to secure Russia's interests under any circumstances. First, we need to bolster the security system in the strategic south of Russia, including a military component, to employ the full range of our own preventative measures and to tap into the potential of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation." 13. M/S Russian general sitting next to Russian officials 14. W/S Meeting of Russian Security Council SCRIPT Russia: Putin chairs Russian Security Council meeting on Afghanistan Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Russian Security Council on Wednesday in Moscow. The meeting was titled "On the provision of Russian national security in the context of Developments in Afghanistan and their influence on stability in Central Asia." In 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in order to remove the Taliban, who previously controlled 90 per cent of Afghan territory. According to the U.S. Defense Department Afghanistan is a base of terrorist operations, which houses Al-Qaeda training camps. As of 2013, about 66,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan. U.S. President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address that about 34,000 troops, or more than half currently in Afghanistan, are scheduled to return to the US in early 2014. Afghanistan also produces more than 75 per cent of the world's opium crop, the fundamental ingredient in making the drug heroin. Putin spoke about Russian assistance to Afghanistan and emphasised that assistance will continue. He said: "We are assisting Afghanistan in training civil, military, and police staff and supplying humanitarian aid to the country. We will continue these efforts to strengthen our friendly relations with Kabul." High priority for the group was the impending withdrawal of foreign forces. Mentioning this, Putin said: "The most important step will be the withdrawal of foreign military forces. According to our partners, the International Security Assistance Force will be transformed into a consultative and training mission." Accor...