I’m bit amused in reading this.
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) 3/27/2009 — Russia said Friday it is ready to help normalize the situation in Afghanistan, where U.S.-led forces are battling the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban for control of the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov read the statement promising help from Dmitry Medvedev.
30 years ago .. ..
The Soviet war in Afghanistan (also known as the Soviet-Afghan War or the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan) was a nine-year conflict involving Soviet Union forces supporting the Marxist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) government against the mujahideen resistance. The latter group found support from a variety of sources including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other Muslim nations in the context of the Cold War. This conflict was concurrent to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Iran–Iraq War.
The initial Soviet deployment of the 40th Army in Afghanistan began on December 24, 1979.