A Kyrgyz-Russian joint enterprise set up specifically to corner the fuel contract at the US-operated Manas Transit Center near Bishkek will begin deliveries of aviation fuel in November.
The US Defense Logistics Agency placed its first order for fuel with Gazpromneft-Aero-Kyrgyzstan on September 26 and the company now has 45 days to deliver. Speaking at a news conference in Bishkek on September 27, US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Pamela Spratlen said the new contract prioritized transparency and security of supply.
“Focusing on transparency, the negotiations for this contract between Gazpromneft-Aero-Kyrgyzstan and the US Department of Defense were conducted in accordance with US contracting law and the utmost respect for US-Kyrgyz relations,” she said.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek based journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs.