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However, newly elected Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said on 11 July the necessity of the base in his country should be discussed. Bakiev’s message was relayed by the Kyrgyz ambassador to Russia, Apas Jumagulov, who said, "Now that the load [of military operations] in Afghanistan has decreased and the situation in that country is gradually normalizing, the need for a U.S. base at Manas will also come to an end."
Originally posted by xmotex
Apparently this is true, at least the part about Kyrgyzstan wanting us to pull out - from Radio Free Europe no less.
RIA Novosti - URGENT: Russia set to double Kant airbase personnel in Kyrgyzstan
Russia is set to double the personnel at its airbase in Kant, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Air Force Commander Vladimir Mikhailov said Wednesday.
"We intend to double the personnel, at least," he said.
We are the US, not china or russia, they ought to put up or shut up, they need to understand their place, it is not beside america but behind it! The Russians have no right and neither does China to ask America to stop or get outof anywhere.
have not declared war yet, but they have just sort of told US and its allies to get their butts out of Central Asia.