Fergana sources: Russian military base establishment in Kyrgyzstan not raised
Mr. Feliks Kulov, a member of the Defense Council of Kyrgyzstan, commented on an article the Nezavisimaya Gazeta carried yesterday that a Russian military base would allegedly be established in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Kulov says there are no official data on any new military base.
“The issue of a new Russian base was not raised at the parliament either. [We have not] received any documents in this regard,” Mr. Kulov stated.
Other members of the Defense Council – Omurbek Tekebayev and Chynybay Tursunbekov, the leaders of the parlimantary factions of the Ata-Meken and SDPK parties – also have no information about a new Russian base in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Head of Border Service Tokon Mamytov, another member of the Council, was also surprised by the Nezavisimaya Gazeta’s report.
“I have no information on the establishment of a new [military] base in Osh. I have read the information on the base on a website for Central Asian [affairs] and I was surprised. I do not know anything concerning the matter.”
Fergana’s reporter was unable to reach the Secretary of the Defense Council Busurmankul Tabaldiyev for comment.
Back in 2005, rumors had it that a U.S. military base would be established in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Then-foreign affairs minister, Roza Otunbayeva, categorically dismissed the rumor. Later, in 2009, new rumors appeared that Russia was supposedly negotiating with Kyrgyzstan on a new military base for the CSTO’s collective troops. Mr. Sergey Prihodko, the Russian president’s aide, told journalists that the issue was agreed upon with the official Bishkek. However, then-President Dmitriy Medvedev was rather elusive on the issue: “Such agreements cannot be announced before [they are achieved]. We can neither confirm nor refute anything.”
Nonetheless, Uzbekistan was rather sensitive toward such rumors: “Tashkent is categorically against the establishment of new military bases in neighboring countries,” a high-ranking anonymous source in the Uzbek government told RIA Novosti.