Afghanistan is the key to Russia-NATO relations

The future of Afghanistan and the whole Central Asian region is on the agenda of Russia-NATO cooperation because stability in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan is under question.

It would be difficult for NATO to deal with all the obstacles in Asia without Russia. So both NATO and Russia, which has its own interests in the region, are now trying to mend the relations that suffered after last year’s war in South Ossetia, says political analyst Sergey Utkin from the Institute of World Economy, and the president of the New Eurasia Institute Andrey Kortunov.