NATO will once again have Russian cooperation, nearly two years after the breakdown of relations.
Moscow withdrew support from the military alliance during the 2008 war with Georgia.
NATO and the US need help in Afghanistan, and Moscow says it is ready to step in.
General Nikolai Makarov, Chief of Russian Armed Forces General Staff said: “We carry a particular responsibility in Afghanistan which is connected with freight transportation through Russian territory. We have a huge amount of tasks to carry out and we are going to assist further. We are also going to help with training the Afghan police force. Now we are considering delivering helicopters, because they are needed.”
Cooperation has been made possible due to both President Obama and President Medvedev striving to improve relations.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has asked the Kremlin for more help in Afghanistan.
Russia’s position does make it strategically important. However, Moscow lost 15,000 soldiers there during the 1980s in the war against the Mujahideen.