ISLAMABAD Russia has formally conveyed to NATO that it would not allow its soil to be used for transporting NATO military supplies to Afghanistan while it (Russia) can only allow transportation of the non-military consignments across the border.
Credible diplomatic sources confided to TheNation that after unknown miscreants had torched more than three dozens NATO oil tankers in Quetta last Thursday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had formally contacted the Russian Government to discuss the option of using Russian land as transit route for the transportation of NATO cargoes to Afghanistan.
Russia has reportedly conveyed to NATO that it would only allow the transportation of non-military items like food, medicines, tents and other related usable commodities and that there was not even a slightest possibility for the NATO to transport military consignments to Afghanistan via Russia.
Sources believe that Russias adamant stance towards NATO military cargo is embedded with mistrust that thoroughly evolves around Russia-NATO relationship.
Russia has had been accusing NATO of uncalled for interference in Eastern Europe since long. NATOs presumed military aid to Georgia, Ukraine and Estonia is strongly opposed by Russia. The Organisation is reportedly instrumental in flaring up Russia over territory row with Georgia as the Western military alliance backs Georgia over its claim on South Ossetia, a disputed territory between Georgia and Russia. Back in 2008, Russian forces had bombarded Georgian cities Tbilisi and Gori and South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali, over the same dispute.
Russia sees NATO at Ukraines back for not allowing Russia to use Ukraine as transit state for providing gas to Europe. It is by 'virtue of NATOs support for Ukraine that Russia and Ukraine have not so far been able to settle fiscal disputes involving the proposed gas project from Russia to the rest of Europe via Ukraine.
Last year, Estonians demolished the monuments of Russian soldiers who were regarded as heroes of World War II. The Estonians termed these monuments as Relics of Russian occupants. Again, it was the presumed NATOs involvement that stirred reaction against the Russian soldiers that were once highly revered in Estonia. In addition, NATOs anti-narcotics 'strategy in Afghanistan is strongly deplored by Russia and the country accuses NATO forces of patronising drug trade in that region.
Options are shrinking to minimum for the NATO to consider alternative supply routes in the wake of repeated attacks on NATO consignments in Pakistan. While using Iran as transit state for carrying cargo supplies to Afghanistan is out of question for NATO, the aforementioned scenario suggests that NATO could only wish to use Russian route for its military supplies.