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Atambayev Collects Rent For Russian Military Bases, But What Is Moscow Getting?

The presidents of Russia and Kyrgyzstan, Dmitry Medvedev and Almazbek Atambayev, meet in Moscow.

Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev has something to bring home from his visit to Moscow: $15 million in past due rents for the various military facilities that Russia operates in Central Asia. From RIA Novosti:

Both Russia and the United State have important military bases in the country. However, Washington has paid its lease "without any delays," Kyrgyz media said.

Russia has not paid "the measly rent" for its Kant air base for four years, Atambayev told Ekho Moskvy radio.

He also complained that Russia did not meet its obligations. "They should be training our pilots. Well, they're not," he said.

Russia also is looking at forgiving some of Kyrgyzstan's $500 million debt to Moscow, reports Bloomberg:

Russia’s government understands the former Soviet state is facing a “severe financial and economic situation” and is ready to look at alternatives, it said....

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Atambayev Collects Rent For Russian Military Bases, But What Is Moscow Getting?

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