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Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Playing Key US/NATO Support Role in Afghan War

Russia’s introduction of an excise tax on fuel exports to Kyrgyzstan last April cost the US government an additional $15.4 million over just a 16-day span.


Despite its long-avowed status as a neutral nation, Turkmenistan is playing an important supporting role for US and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan. Washington and Ashgabat are both keen to keep Turkmenistan’s strategic role low-key, especially the financial aspects of cooperation.

What is known is that the US government and its contractors do not pay taxes on fuel intended for military use that is purchased in Turkmenistan, as well as in Azerbaijan. Fuel is exempt from local duties and taxes due to Turkmenistan’s and Azerbaijan’s participation in the NATO Partnership for Peace program, a spokeswoman for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Pentagon’s main procurement arm, told EurasiaNet.org. Please see the original here

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Follow the Money, NATO | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment