DUSHANBE - Russia is ready to further promote cooperation with Afghanistan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in Tajikistan on Friday.
"We are ready to promote our cooperation with Afghanistan in the economic sphere, and in maintaining our political, security and humanitarian affairs dialogues," Medvedev said in a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.
The situation in the region should eventually "depend on regional powers," he added. "And I think that this is the policy we ought to pursue. This is the main area of our cooperation," Medvedev said.
Karzai, for his part, said Afghanistan is happy with development of relations with Russia. "This is the normal path for us to follow," he said.
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will hold a summit here on Saturday as part of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of its foundation. (Xinhua)