The Russian government has approved an agreement between Russia and Kyrgyzstan on the status and terms of a joint Russian military base stay in Kyrgyzstan and a protocol on cooperation between the two countries in the military field in the period preceding the entry of the above mentioned agreement coming into force; the documents were presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin for ratification, KirTAG reported with reference to the website of the Russian government.
A relevant decree was signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Reportedly the provisions of the agreement and the protocol provide for a long term Russian military presence in Kyrgyzstan for 20 years.
'They also provide for legal regulation of issues related to the deployment and operation of the joint Russian military base on Kyrgyz territory at an international level', the statement said.
It should be remembered that the agreement and the protocol were signed in Bishkek on September 20, 2012 during a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kyrgyzstan.
The Kyrgyz Parliament adopted a law on ratification of the agreement on the status and terms of the joint Russian military base stay in Kyrgyzstan on December 13, 2012, and it was signed by President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev on December 19, 2012.