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Russia may open another military base in Kyrgyzstan

May 24 2005

Russia is in talks with Kyrgyzstan to open a second military base on its territory in the city of Osh. The main task of another Russian military facility in Kyrgyzstan, will be countering the terrorist threat, which is especially important after the recent riots in Uzbekistan .

According to the governor of Osh region Anvar Artykov, positive consideration of the opening of the base would be "right decision", since Russia is a powerful nation. The final decision to open a military base in Osh will be accepted by the Government of Kyrgyzstan.

Currently, the agreement between Russia and Kyrgyzstan, a Russian military air base located in Kant, located east of Bishkek. At the same time in the north of the Kyrgyz capital on behalf of the Ganci Air Base deployed U.S. forces. Both military bases contribute to the budget of Kyrgyzstan about 8% of revenues: the share of the Russian base for about $ 30 million, the share of the U.S. - about $ 52 million, according to RBC.

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