Russia has approved ground and air transit of NATO goods over its territory from Afghanistan, according to an official announcement Friday.
The order, signed Monday by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, allows the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to move their consignments from and to Afghanistan via a base in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk by rail, road and air, in contrast with the previous permission, which sanctioned only ground transit.
However, the order imposes a list of conditions, including customs clearance, availability of official certificates and other requirements which ensure the goods' transparency on Russia's territory.
Russia's opposition has protested against the government's permission to use Ulyanovsk as a transit hub for NATO logistic operations.
But the government says the base is for transit purpose only and will not be transformed into a NATO military base.