Putin has called for the closure of Russian base in Kyrgyzstan

Putin has called for the closure of Russian base in Kyrgyzstan© RIA Novosti. Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

Russia is willing to curtail its military base in Kyrgyzstan or to consider its strengthening, if the Bishkek asked to do, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev.

«If Kyrgyzstan will say that we are so strengthened their forces that such a database is not needed, we this day leave,» — said Putin.

He explained that Russia has no need to place in Kyrgyzstan troops. The Russian base is needed to ensure the safety of Kirgizia, but gradually the country will develop and strengthen its own Armed forces.

«The question of the extension of the military contingent, we have not discussed. If Kyrgyzstan considers it necessary to do it, then discuss it, but keep in mind that we are also the additional costs», — said the Russian leader.

Putin recalled that the Russian base in Kant arose at the request of the Kyrgyz government in 1999-2000 years.

«At a time when Kyrgyzstan was attacked by international terrorists who crossed the border from Afghanistan, and then me personally, the current leadership of Kyrgyzstan was asked to place a military contingent, especially aircraft, in order to be able to deal effectively with the terrorist threat,» — said Putin.

On the territory of Kyrgyzstan is a joint Russian military base. In its composition of four facilities: the airport of the Collective rapid response forces of the collective security Treaty organization in Kant, test naval base in Issyk-Kul, a communication node in the village of Chaldovar and Autonomous seismic point in the town of Mailuu-Suu.

The status of a military base determines the agreement of 2012, which entered into force at the end of January 2017. Rent of land and of water areas will cost Russia $ 4.5 million per year. The agreement on the Russian military presence in Kyrgyzstan will operate over the next 15 years, then automatically renewed every five years, unless the parties shall notify each other of the intention to terminate this agreement on a reciprocal basis or unilaterally.