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Russia's Putin says NATO should stay in Afghanistan

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Aug. 1, 2012, 5:07 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Russia President Vladimir Putin
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ULYANOVSK, Russia - NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan until their job is done, Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, suggesting they should stay beyond a planned withdrawal of most combat troops in 2014.

"It is regrettable that many participants in this operation are thinking about how to pull out of there," Putin said at a meeting with paratroopers in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk. "They took up this burden and should carry it to the end."

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