The Russian Premier confirmed that Russia would not participate in the military operation in Afghanistan. At the same time, he said that Moscow backed the anti-terrorist operation in "other, no less important, aspects." The scope of Russia's participation is limited to provision of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and military equipment to the Northern Alliance. Mikhail Kasyanov stated that in case of emergency, the Russian side would provide all necessary help to rescue the crews of American aircraft participating in the Afghan operation. According to Kasyanov, the situation surrounding the operation in Afghanistan is "under control and the progress is evident."