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U.S. Cargo Transit Through Russia to Afghanistan Contributes to Anti-terror Fight - Beyrle

MOSCOW. Sept 11 (Interfax) - The transit of U.S. supplies intended for Afghanistan through Russia, which is due to start in the near future, demonstrates Russia-U.S. solidarity in the fight against terrorism, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle told journalists on Friday.

Washington feels Moscow's support, and there is very concrete evidence proving this, Beyrle said.

Airplanes en route to Afghanistan carrying U.S. cargo will start flying over Russian airspace in the near future, the ambassador said.

It is a huge signal on Russia's part showing that it supports U.S. and NATO in their fight against terrorism - the source of the September 11, 2001 attacks, he said.

The two countries' agreement on the transit of military supplies intended for Afghanistan across Russia came into force on September 6, 2009.

Everything started in Afghanistan, Beyrle said. That is why this signal confirms solidarity between Russia and the United States, the ambassador said.

The U.S. diplomat attended a memorial service for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the St. Catherine church in downtown Moscow on Friday morning.

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