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CSTO Chief in Bishkek on Base-Shopping Mission?

Not available during Bishkek's greatest hour of need, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha and his team are now paying a visit. They are in the Kyrgyz capital to assess and assist, the CSTO website reports

The group's main tasks are to assess the military-political situation in the Kyrgyz Republic and assist law enforcement agencies of Kyrgyzstan in the aftermath of the riots.

The Moscow-led body refused Bishkek's requests for peacekeeping assistance when ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan killed hundreds and displaced hundreds of thousands. 

Bordyuzha and co. will also visit Osh and Jalal-Abad, the southern cities hit hardest by the violence.

Needing two weeks to make a decision is not an admirable quality in a security organization. Or was Moscow too afraid to upset the CSTO's delicate balance by committing troops? 

Earlier this week, Russia's drug tzar, Viktor Ivanov, said a CSTO base in Osh could help combat drug trafficking. Tashkent has long opposed the presence of Russian troops in the shared Ferghana Valley and Moscow has long sought a good reason for stationing them there.

A frequent critic of America's anti-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan, Ivanov compared the proposed Osh base to "US military bases" fighting drugs in Columbia, RIA Novosti reported. 

Local analysts believe drug kingpins have contributed to the instability in southern Kyrgyzstan. Osh is a major layover for Afghan narcotics en route to Russia. 
 

CSTO Chief in Bishkek on Base-Shopping Mission?

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