Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in Moscow for a two-day official visit that underscores the Kremlin’s growing political role in Afghanistan. The visit, which began January 20, also coincides with a deepening constitutional crisis inside Afghanistan, stemming from a dispute concerning the legitimacy of parliamentary elections in 2010. While drugs and terrorism top Russia’s agenda for Karzai’s visit, Russian Ambassador Andrey Avetisyan tells EurasiaNet.org in Kabul that Moscow would also like to benefit from a share in the defense pie as a commercial supplier.
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Aunohita Mojumdar is an Indian freelance journalist based in Kabul.