Russia Offers Arms to Expand Military Presence in Kyrgyzstan

19 September 2010 (Last Updated September 19th, 2010 18:30)

Russia has offered to supply Kyrgyzstan with arms to expand and keep its military presence operational in the country for a further 49 years. Kyrgyz Defence Minister Abibilla Kudaiberdiev has suggested that Russia send arms to Kyrgyzstan as payment for its lease on its military base in

Russia has offered to supply Kyrgyzstan with arms to expand and keep its military presence operational in the country for a further 49 years.

Kyrgyz Defence Minister Abibilla Kudaiberdiev has suggested that Russia send arms to Kyrgyzstan as payment for its lease on its military base in Kant, according to RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service.

Russia has plans to unite its five military installations in Kyrgyzstan into one large military base and to open a Russian military training centre in the south of hte country.

The deal is expected to be agreed before the end of 2010, according to the Telegraph.

The US has a military transit centre in Kyrgyzstan for transporting non-lethal materiel to Nato troops in Afghanistan.

Kyrgyzstan is the only country that hosts Russian and US military bases.