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Kyrgyzstan: Moscow Vexed by Bishkek’s Efforts to Play the Field

In exchange for economic assistance, Russia is demanding an expanded share of a Kyrgyz military facility. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

The Kremlin is getting cranky over Kyrgyzstan’s efforts to obtain aid without any diplomatic payback. To convey their displeasure, Russian officials are now delaying cooperation agreements and demanding an expanded share of a Kyrgyz military facility.

Russian analysts say than on visits to Moscow in February and March, President Almazbek Atambayev annoyed Russian leaders with persistent demands for economic assistance. What particularly vexed the Kremlin was that there was no “quid” to Atambayev’s “pro quo.” In return for aid, Russian leaders expect diplomatic fealty. Yet Bishkek remains attached to a “multi-vector foreign policy,” in which Bishkek fosters warm relations with all regional powers, rather than cozying up solely to Moscow.

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Kyrgyzstan: Moscow Vexed by Bishkek’s Efforts to Play the Field

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