Russian, Kyrgyz defense ministers set to discuss military cooperation
The Russian and Kyrgyz defense ministers are to discuss the creation of a Russian military training center in Kyrgyzstan during talks in Moscow on September 13, RIA Novosti reported.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told reporters on Friday that Russia had proposed the creation of the training center to the previous Kyrgyz authorities, but the terms offered were "unacceptable".
"We then stopped discussing this issue. Now, with the appointment of the new Kyrgyz defense minister [Abibulla Kudaiberbiyev], we have received information that the Kyrgyz side is ready to return to the issue, taking into consideration Russia's interests," the minister said.
The new Kyrgyz government came to power amid large-scale opposition protests that hit the Central Asian republic in April.
The ministers will also discuss issues concerning other Russian military facilities in Kyrgyzstan, such as the military base in the northern Chuy Province's city of Kant, a maritime communication hub in the same province, and a naval training center at Lake Issyk-Kul, Serdyukov said.