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World War III newswire - Kyrgyzstan, Manas and Kant US and Russian bases

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posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 04:42 AM
Kyrgyzstan riots spread (bordering China, only country in the world hosting US and Russian bases), March 21
Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan to be strengthened - March 8
Kyrgyzstan says no to US spy jets, Mar. 5

Kyrgyzstan has reiterated its refusal to deploying U.S spy jets in its territory.
Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry released a statement Friday, saying that the country won't consider US's request to dispose AWACS long-distance spy jet in the middle Asian country.
Kyrgyzstan Warns U.S. Against Interference, February 26
American bases in Central Asia – Khanabad in Uzbekistan, Manas in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan is the only country in the world that hosts both Russian and U.S. military bases
The U.S. base opened in 2001, and the Russian base in 2003, contributing to a general perception that the two facilities counterbalance each other.
Recent events have suggested that Kyrgyz-Russian relations are warming and Kyrgyz-U.S. relations cooling. President Askar Akaev vehemently condemned the Rose Revolution in Georgia and Orange Revolution in Ukraine -- events that Russian and Kyrgyz official media have consistently suggested were orchestrated with the help of U.S.-sponsored NGOs -- and has made it clear that he does not want to see any repetition in Kyrgyzstan, which holds parliamentary elections on 27 February and a presidential election in October. During a visit to Moscow in late January, President Akaev told "Nezavisimaya gazeta" that Russia is readying plans to invest $2 billion in the Kyrgyz economy. Not long after, Russian Air Force head Vladimir Mikhailov told ITAR-TASS on 10 February that Russia plans to double the amount of equipment and personnel, who currently number approximately 500, at the base in 2005. A few days later, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Aitmatov announced that Kyrgyzstan, after consultations with the CSTO and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan), had decided against the deployment of U.S. AWACS surveillance aircraft at Manas.


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