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Kyrgyzstan, a strategically important Central Asian state, houses a key US military base that supplies forces in Afghanistan. Russia also has a base there.
The US embassy in Bishkek and Russia have both expressed concern and called for restraint.
Mr Putin denied Moscow had played any role in the clashes. "Neither Russia, nor your humble servant, nor Russian officials have any links whatsoever to these events," the RIA news agency quoted him as saying.
Bakyt Beshimov came under the intense pressure for actively opposing Kyrgyz Governments initial decision to evict US Air Base. He was the only MP to vote for keeping the US Air Base open. Arguing for the importance of US Air Base to the security in Central Asia, created further divide between Beshimov and pro-Russian government of Bakiev
the Russian are making noises about helping to restore law & order.
As has already been mentioned, the US has a strategic interest in this territory (e.g. for shipping supplies into Afghanistan). Could the Russians & the US perhaps both see the situation as pivotal? (Lets not go there.)
The opposition in Kyrgyzstan says it is setting up a "people's government" after deadly clashes left dozens dead.
The opposition said Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov had agreed to resign but President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has yet to do so.
The whereabouts of President Bakiyev are not clear but reports say that he has flown out of the capital, Bishkek.
Protests at rising prices, corruption and the arrest of opposition leaders had erupted in three cities.
Gunfire is continuing into the night in Bishkek with shops set alight.
The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie in Bishkek says there is widespread looting, with hundreds of protesters moving from one store to another
Reuters also quoted the Kyrgyz border control as saying the frontier with Kazakhstan had been closed.
Agence France-Presse says the US has suspended military flights at its base in Kyrgyzstan.
The whereabouts of the president remain unknown. Opposition figures said he had flown out of Bishkek and had landed in the southern city of Osh.
The unrest had broken out in the provincial town of Talas on Tuesday and spread to Bishkek and another town, Naryn, on Wednesday. All three were put under curfew.
Originally posted by TheCoffinman
reply to post by MikeboydUS
hmmm, where the hell would they get that kind of weaponry? the police?
Originally posted by pause4thought
I have a nasty feeling the authorities have so far applied the 'soft touch' compared to what they may well unleash if this goes on much longer. You can't occupy a parliament, kill a government minister & take the President hostage without expecting a visit from the special forces.