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Ukraine not to send troops to Afghanistan

      RBC, 22.10.2007, Moscow 10:53:04.Ukraine has no plans to send combat units to Afghanistan, Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko announced after a meeting with his US counterpart Robert Gates, as part of the preparations for the council of Southeast Europe's Defense Ministers meeting scheduled for today in Kiev, the Ukrainian Minister's press office reported today. Hrytsenko reiterated that Ukraine had one medical officer in Afghanistan due to be replaced by two medics, while another military officer was being trained to join the headquarters staff.

      The US and Ukrainian Defense Ministers also discussed cooperation issues for 2008, with the US's technical assistance in building an international center for peacekeeping and security as a top priority for the partnership.

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