Joint Kyrgyzstan-Russian military base agreement in the works
The following article is reprinted with permission from news agency 24.kg, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz Defense Minister: Kyrgyzstan settled all issues regarding an agreement on setting up a united Russian military base on the territory of the republic
By Julia Mazykina
January 3, 2011
“The Kyrgyz side has settled all issues regarding an agreement on setting up a united Russian military base on the territory of Kyrgyzstan, including those concerning the conditions and status of Russian military servicemen in the republic,” Kyrgyz Defense Minister Abibulla Kudayberdiev told Interfax.
Reportedly, Kyrgyzstan and Russia are planning to sign the agreement on joint Russian military base on the territory of the republic in 2011.
Abibulla Kudayberdiev said that the draft of agreement will be forwarded to Russia and then submitted to the Kyrgyz Parliament. There are four Russian military facilities on the territory of Kyrgyzstan at the moment. “Among them are facilities that serve the interests of both Russia and Kyrgyzstan and those working only in Russia’s interests,” he said.”We plan to increase the size of compensatory payments for the facilities serving Russia’s interests by several times,” noted Kyrgyz Defense Minister.
Supposedly, compensatory payments for the presence of Russian servicemen in Kyrgyzstan could grow threefold or fourfold. At the present time, the annual payment amounts to about $4.5 million. “Russia pays for renting Kyrgyz territory for its facilities not in cash, but cadets from Kyrgyzstan undergo training in Russia and Kyrgyzstan receives military hardware from Russia toward this account,” concluded Abibulla Kudayberdiev.