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Atambayev Offers Russia to Build Training Base in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Troops from the Collective Security Treaty Organization take part in an anti-narcotics trafficking exercise in southern Kyrgyzstan in 2013. (photo: CSTO)

Kyrgyzstan is against the expansion of the existing Russian airbase in the country, but is encouraging the Kremlin to build a separate military training base in the south of the country. 

That's according to Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev, who said he discussed the matter with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last week in Moscow. 

"I told Vladimir Vladimirovich: 'If you really want to think about security, then we are interested in starting construction of some sort of training facility in the south of the country.' I think that would be a good option," Atambayev told reporters in Bishkek on June 24. 

Atambayev added that while he was in favor of modernizing the Kant air base, which Russia operates outside Bishkek, he was against sending additional forces there. "We have strongly objected when Russian authorities have suggested expanding the military base at Kant," he said

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Atambayev Offers Russia to Build Training Base in Southern Kyrgyzstan

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