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  • The Empty Russian Corridor

    04/20/2010 9:48:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 354+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 4/19/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Although the United States has signed (last July) an agreement with Russia that allows 4,500 air transports a year to cross Russian territory on their way to Afghanistan, the route is only being used at the rate of about 700 flights a year. Why isn't the full capacity being used? Partly because of a squabble among Russian bureaucrats. Although the agreement waived transit fees, Russian aviation officials insisted some kind of fee had to be paid. It took months to sort that out. And there are still issues with some Russian ministries over how the flights should proceed. But there...
  • Kazakhstan To Open Its Airspace For US Military Planes

    04/12/2010 4:48:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 522+ views
    RTT News ^ | 4/12/2010 | RTT News
    Kazakhstan has decided to open its airspace to U.S. military aircraft ferrying supplies to American troops serving in Afghanistan, it was decided on Sunday at a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Washington. The permission granted by Kazakstan means that U.S. planes en route to Afghanistan can now use the polar route instead of flying along the indirect route through Europe, which would save precious time and fuel for moving supplies to forward locations in the war-ravaged country. The meeting, the first between the two leaders, took place on the eve of the Nuclear...