Putin imposes his military dominance on another former Soviet republic: Russia is going to establish new bases in Kyrgyzstan

The president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, was received this Monday by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow (Sputnik / Mikhail Metzel / via REUTERS) (SPUTNIK /)

Russia is going to “develop” its military installations in KyrgyzstanCountry of Central Asia ally of Moscowannounced the Kremlin on Monday after a meeting in the Russian capital of the presidents of both nations.

“The heads of state insist on the importance of strengthening the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan and to develop Russian military facilities on its territory,” the Kremlin said in a joint statement.

Russia has a military base in Kyrgyzstan composed by aerodromea naval facility in the lake Issyk-Kul and various other sites.

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The President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarovwas received this Monday by the Russian president, Vladimir Putinin Moscow on the eve of the great May 9 military parade commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The Kyrgyz President will be one of the few foreign dignitaries to attend the ceremony.

Russia and Kyrgyzstanwhich is a former Soviet republic, are united by the military alliance Collective Security Treaty Organization (OTSC), led by Moscow.

This Russian military reinforcement occurs in the context of the offensive in Ukraine and a worsening of tensions with Western countries that have adopted several waves of sanctions against Moscow.

According to the joint statement, the two countries also plan to “deepen the military cooperation and technical” and economic and cultural relations for “reach a new level of integration”.

Putin and Japarov during their meeting on Monday.  (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/REUTERS)
Putin and Japarov during their meeting on Monday. (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/REUTERS) (SPUTNIK/)

Kyrgyzstan join the group of four central asian nations which Moscow considers its backyard, and which includes Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The country is also a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded by Russia and China in 2001 as a counterweight to US alliances across East Asia to the Indian Ocean. In 2017, India and Pakistan they became members, and Iran and belarus They will be added later this year.

This Friday was just celebrated in India a meeting of the foreign ministers of OCS. At the meeting, member countries criticized the ability of global institutions to solve geopolitical problems and said their organization should do more to address such challenges.

“With more than 40% of the world’s population inside the SCO, our collective decisions will undoubtedly have a global impact,” said the Indian Foreign Minister, Subhramanyam Jaishankar.

(With information from AFP and AP)

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