The United States and Russia are working on a groundbreaking deal that would make Moscow the chief fuel supplier to the US-operated Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan. Under the arrangement, Russia would become a “third partner” at Manas, a key logistics hub for US and NATO military operations in Afghanistan.
The proposal is currently “under active consideration” by both sides and could be announced as a done deal at a White House meeting between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on June 24, a Washington, DC, insider told EurasiaNet.org on June 20.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.