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Will the USA relocate air base from Kyrgyzstan to Turkey or Georgia?

Posted by Kris Roman on March 8, 2009

The USA could have think of deployment the airbase withdrawing from Kyrgyzstan to one of the Caucasus republics, or to Turkey, more precisely, to Trabzon city, informed Turkish newspaper Hurriyet with reference to Pentagon. It should be noted that on February, 19 Kyrgyzstan’s parliament approved the government’s decision on denouncement the treaty with the USA and decided to withdraw the U.S. air base Manas.

Edition voice doubts that official Ankara will accept Washington’s proposal. “First of all, Turkey does not want to make Russia nervous. Secondly, as show the recent developments, Ankara unwillingly falls in Pentagon’s proposals. Therefore, probably the USA will be forced to look for a new place for its air base”, — it is said in the article. It should be noted that it is impossible to deploy air base in Armenia, as the country is a member of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization). Azerbaijani leadership also declared many times with reference to the country’s Constitution, that it is impossibility to allocate a foreign air base in the territory of the country. By simple deduction it became ease to understand, about what Caucasian country is the question in the Turkish newspaper.

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Kyrgyz parliament votes to close U.S. airbase

Posted by Kris Roman on February 19, 2009

 

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a presidential proposal to close a U.S. airbase used to support NATO operations in nearby Afghanistan since 2001.

The move to close the base was supported by 78 lawmakers, with one against. The pro-presidential Ak Zhol party has 70 seats in the single-chamber, 90-member legislature.

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Kyrgyz parliament votes to close US base – “We should only keep company with and believe Russia.”

Posted by Kris Roman on February 19, 2009

kyrgyzstan-president-kurmanbek-bakiyev-bgThe Kyrgyz parliament voted on Thursday to close a key US military supply base for Afghanistan as the United States tried to persuade NATO allies to send more troops to defeat a growing insurgency.

Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill to close the Manas air base outside the Kyrgyz capital, with 78 out of 81 lawmakers present voting in favour. One MP voted against and two abstained.

The setback for coalition forces seeking to defeat the Taliban came as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates met other NATO defence ministers in the Polish city of Krakow to pressure them to match US increases in troop numbers.

The bill must now be signed by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, whose announcement last month of the base’s closure shocked Washington. The United States will then have 180 days to shut it down.

Bakiyev’s initial announcement of the closure came after Russia offered more than two billion dollars in aid to the struggling Kyrgyz economy. The government has insisted that Moscow did not set the closure as a condition.

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Kremlin And The Closure Of Kyrgyzstan Air Base

Posted by Kris Roman on February 19, 2009

Euro-Rus comment : this guy is not happy with it 🙂

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by Ariel Cohen

A sinister Kremlin agenda may be involved in the intrigue around the closure of Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. The Kremlin is obsessed with the U.S. missile defense deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic. Sources in Moscow tell UPI that the Kremlin may use the Manas closure and an offer of cooperation in supply of the Afghanistan deployment as a bargaining chip in its negotiations with the United States on the future of missile defense in Europe.

 

Russia is essentially creating bargaining chips it may be willing to trade in exchange for the American concessions it considers vital. This was the case with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s threat to deploy short-range, nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad province on the Baltic coast in response to the planned ballistic missile defense site that the Bush administration planned to construct in Poland. The missile shield in Europe has become even more vital after Iran launched its first satellite. History is witness to many a satellite program becoming a precursor to an active long-range ballistic missile program, or vice versa.

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Do not count on Russia over Kyrgyz base, Rogozin tells US

Posted by Kris Roman on February 10, 2009

kyrgyzstan-map-bgRussia’s NATO envoy on Tuesday warned the United States against seeking Russian help to reverse a decision by Kyrgyzstan to close a US base serving as a key supply route to forces in Afghanistan.

Dmitry Rogozin’s comments came as a senior US diplomat arrived in Moscow for talks on supply routes to coalition forces in Afghanistan following Bishkek’s decision last week.

News of the decision by the Kyrgyz government to close the US base came as a shock to the United States and the Western military alliance.

But Rogozin, speaking via video link from Brussels, told reporters: “Seeking understanding from the Russian side here is a roundabout way. There is a direct way — this is Bishkek.

“If we are neo-imperialists, from your point of view, why are you then resorting to services of a neo-imperialist?” the flamboyant nationalist ex-lawmaker added. “We have nothing to do with it,” he insisted.

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USA loses air base in Kyrgyzstan to Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on February 1, 2009

USA’s army base in Kyrgyzstan (an Asian republic of the Soviet Union) will be closed. The adequate agreement was achieved as a result of the talks between the presidents of the two countries, Dmitry Medvedev and Kurmanbek Bakiyev. It is worthy of note that the Kyrgyz administration previously announced that there would be no such statements made in Moscow.

 

“The government of Kyrgyzstan decided to cease the use of the Manas base by the armed forces of the coalition,” Itar-Tass quoted the Kyrgyz president as saying. The president added that the decision was based on economic issues and the generally negative attitude to the operation of the base in the country.

The Kyrgyz president reminded that his nation signed the agreement regarding the army base in 2001, when Afghanistan was in a state of war.

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Kyrgyzstan plans to end U.S. airbase deal – paper

Posted by Kris Roman on January 12, 2009

 

Kyrgyzstan’s president plans to terminate an agreement with the U.S. on a military airbase in the Central Asian state ahead of his visit to Russia later this week, a popular Russian daily said on Monday citing sources in Bishkek.

Vremya Novostei said the move could help President Kurmanbek Bakiyev secure $2 billion in financial aid from Russia, which also maintains a military base in the country.

Former Soviet republics in Central Asia have seen increased geopolitical and economic rivalry between Moscow and Washington of late.

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