Kyrgyz president: Russian military base must leave Kyrgyzstan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1
Russia will remain as Kyrgyzstan’s strategic partner, but in military terms the republic must rely on its own power, said Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev during a press conference on the results of 2016, RIA Novosti reported Dec. 1.
“I think that we did absolutely right thing with regard to the Hansi base (the US air base at the international airport of Kyrgyzstan’s capital was withdrawn under the decision of President Atambayev),” noted Kyrgyz President. “Five years have passed and time has shown that this was the right decision.”
Kyrgyzstan must rely only on its own power in the future, he said, adding that it also concerns the Russian base.
Atambayev also noted that after the expiry of the agreement on the Russian base, it “will have to leave” the territory of Kyrgyzstan.
He added that the Russian leadership responded with understanding in this regard.
Joint Russian military base is based in Kazakhstan’s territory. Under the bilateral Kyrgyz-Russian agreements, there are four military facilities of Russia in Kyrgyzstan. In 2009, the term of the agreement was extended for 49 years with the possibility of its automatic extension for 25-year periods.