Kyrgyzstan closes base key to U.S. troops in Afghanistan
The announcement by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev came in Moscow, not in his own capital, and shortly after the Russian government reportedly agreed to lend Kyrgyzstan $2 billion, write off $180 million in debt and add another $150 million in aid. Although the Russian government didn't release a statement about the decision, the timing and place of the announcement indicated that the Kremlin had been involved.
INTERESTING They changed the story in just a few short hours.
Everyone is carring the story, Fox, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Reuters etc.
Our sources say the story probally isn't true. False.
If the Ruskies did pay them Billions, which the russians don't
have, they have been hit much harder by the Depression than America,
The Russians would loose Millions USA pays them to use
the corridor USA uses to fly over Russia to get there..
Not gona happen.
With the exchange rate the lowest ever 36 rubles to the dollar
The Russians are not likley to go thru with the deal .
But the story started a month ago.
And even before.
Seems its part of a plan to get more money out of USA.
Anyone know how much USA pays for the base?
I've seen reports of 0, but don't believe it..
Note the basis for this story is a Russian new service,
today and on Jan 12. G
Some experts, however, caution that Bishkek cannot necessarily count on Russia to follow through on all of its pledges, especially the investment commitment concerning the Kambarata-1 hydropower station. Such deals in Central Asia have a track record of failure. For instance, the Russian entity Rusal entered into a $2-billion deal to complete the Rogun dam in Tajikistan. But three years later the two sides went their separate ways and the Rogun project remains unfinished. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. These days, Russia and Tajikistan are barely on speaking terms. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].
Temirkulov, the Bishkek political scientist, said Kremlin leaders, by apparently pushing Bakiyev to oust US forces from Manas, may be letting their visceral dislike of the United States cloud their judgment concerning Russia’s own best interests. The base, Temirkulov noted, plays an important support role for ongoing military operations in Afghanistan.
"I don’t know why Russia would be interested in the closure of this base, because Russia is also interested in [promoting] security in Afghanistan," Temirkulov said.
Editor's Note: David Trilling and Deirdre Tynan are EurasiaNet’s correspondents in Bishkek.