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Russia's Focus on Southern Kyrgyzstan

A Eurasianet partner post from <a href="http://www.stratfor.com/">Stratfor</a&gt;

A recent uptick in diplomatic activity in southern Kyrgyzstan indicates Russia’s rising presence and influence in the country, which gives Russia substantial leverage over regional powers like Uzbekistan and global players like the United States. Russian plans to build a military training center in the volatile Kyrgyz south, ostensibly to fight terrorism, will also work to advance Moscow’s numerous strategic interests in the region.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev traveled to Moscow from March 17 to March 18 to meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials. The Kyrgyz premier’s visit occurred amid a high level of diplomatic activity in southern Kyrgyzstan. This includes the March 13-14 visit of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha; the March 16 visit of Viktor Ivanov, director of the Russian Federal Service for Drug Control; and the March 15 announcement by Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva that two military training centers — one Russian and the other U.S.-funded — will be built in southern Kyrgyzstan.

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Russia's Focus on Southern Kyrgyzstan

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