3 Apr 2009

Russia prepared to discuss US transit deal

8:38 am on 3 April 2009

Russia has agreed to discuss the transit of United States combat supplies and equipment to Afghanistan across its territory.

The Foreign Ministry in Moscow says Russia is ready to co-operate if asked by the US.

Last month, Russia began allowing the movement of non-lethal supplies to US and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan.

Washington has been seeking alternative supply routes since militants in Pakistan stepped up attacks on supplies moving by road.