Former Finnish PM points to signs of improvement in Russia-West relationsWorld May 24, 17:20
Russia's legendary Su-27 fighter marks 40 years since its first flightMilitary & Defense May 24, 17:19
Russian lawmaker comments on US decision to end military subsidies to UkraineRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 16:30
Nine Russian missile regiments rearmed with advanced ICBM systemsMilitary & Defense May 24, 16:01
Perm session completes cycle of regional offsite events in run-up to SPIEF 2017Press Releases May 24, 15:38
Ka-52 helicopters to have advanced weapon targeting systemMilitary & Defense May 24, 15:09
Amsterdam Court may look into appeal against Scythian Gold ruling in fallSociety & Culture May 24, 15:04
Russian ground forces to be fully rearmed with Iskander-M ballistic missiles by late 2020Military & Defense May 24, 14:58
Russian security chief calls for cooperation on cyber threatsRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 14:34
BISHKEK, June 19 (Itar-Tass) - Parliament in Kyrgyzstan is due to consider a bill on renouncing an agreement with the U.S. on deployment of an airbase of the international antiterrorist coalition at Manas airport of the Kyrgyzstani capital Bishkek, the parliamentary press service told Itar-Tass.
According to its spokesman, the bill has received endorsement of all the factions represented in parliament and of the parliamentary committees concerned with the issue.
“The case in hand is the denunciation of a June 22, 2009, intergovernmental agreement on cooperation with the U.S., as well as an agreement on the transit transportations center at Manas airport and on any other installations or immovable properties related to it,” the spokesman said.
He recalled that the renouncing bill had been initiated by the country’s government. “It will be presented to the MPs by Deputy Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldayev” the spokesman said.
The airbase of the U.S.-led international antiterrorist coalition was set up at Manas airport in December 2001. Its objective was to support the Enduring Freedom anti-Taliban operation in Afghanistn.
In the first years of its history, the units of servicemen and technologies from several countries were deployed there but the U.S. Air Forces servicemen make up the core of the contingent there in recent years.
Kyrgyzstani government made public its plans in 2009 to close the base down but protracted consultations with Washington followed and the base was only renamed in a Center for Transit Transportation.
The coalition in Afghanistan uses the center to transship two-thirds of its cargoes to and from Afghanistan.
Kyrgyzstani President Almazbek Atambayev has said on a number of occasions the base will be closed down as there should be no military presence at a purely civilian airport.
He proposes to replace the base at Manace with a large transport and logistics hub.