Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry notifies U.S. of decision to shut Manas base

Kyrgyzstan Materials 20 February 2009 16:17 (UTC +04:00)

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry officially notified the U.S. administration that the agreement allowing the U.S. to use the Manas military base in Bishkek was annulled on Feb. 20, RIA Novosti reported.

"Under the terms of the agreement, it will be terminated 180 days after the U.S. receives an official notification from Kyrgyzstan," the office said.

The notification was submitted to the U.S. ambassador to Kyrgyzstan on Feb. 20.