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The new government of Kyrgyzstan, installed yesterday evening after ousting US-backed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, today thanked Russia for the support provided in their uprising, and promised to see the US base at Manas shuttered.
Comments from the new government seemed to fly in the face of those made by top Obama Administration official Michael McFaul, who pointedly denied that the Russians had anything to do with the regime change and insisted that the US and Russia were in talks aimed at calming the situation.
But Russia has already recognized the new government, while the US has simply said it remains unclear who is in charge. Russian PM Vladimir Putin has spoken directly with the new de facto leader, former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva, and pledged to supply Russian humanitarian aid to the nation.
Both Russia and the United States have military bases in the small nation, a comparative rarity for the two major powers. The US recently secured a new lease on the Manas base from Bakiyev, though it came with a major increase in rent.
That base could be in serious jeopardy, however, as Russia adds troops at its base and the US curbs flights. Many of the leaders in the new government have been critical of the US for backing Bazkiyev, and at least one member, Omurbek Tekebayev, said that there should be only one foreign base in the nation, a Russian one.
Originally posted by HappilyEverAfter
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[edit on 8-4-2010 by HappilyEverAfter]
Kyrgyzstan's pro-Russian self-proclaimed government said on Friday supporters of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev were preparing to stoke further violence after mass protests forced him to flee the capital.
Russia is the only world power to have recognised Otunbayeva's government and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was quick to offer aid to the new rulers
Kyrgyzstan's interim leader told the Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday that her government will extend for a year the lease of a U.S. air base