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Putin: NATO Should Stay In Afghanistan

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In this photo taken Tuesday, July 31, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with pro-Kremlin youth activists at a camp at a bank of Seliger Lake in Tver region, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) | AP

ULYANOVSK, Russia, Aug 1 (Reuters) - NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan until their job is done, Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, suggesting they should stay beyond a planned withdrawal of most combat troops in 2014.

"It is regrettable that many participants in this operation are thinking about how to pull out of there," Putin said at a meeting with paratroopers in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk. "They took up this burden and should carry it to the end."

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