At a time when Uzbekistan was under European Union sanctions relating to the Andijan massacre, the German government paid 67.9 million euros from 2005-2009 for use of the Termez air base in the Central Asian nation.
The base at Termez, near the Uzbek-Afghan border, provides support for operations carried out by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan. US personnel have been permitted to use the Termez facility since 2008. Germany has leased the base from the Uzbek government since 2002.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.