WASHINGTON, Sept. 25. / Itar-Tass Dmitry Kirsanov /. U.S. refuses to clarify its plans for the future with regard to the military base at Manas airport in Bishkek, arguing that waiting Kyrgyzstan considerations in this regard.
In an interview with Itar-Tass on Monday, the State Department spokesman, in the light of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kyrgyzstan made a number of comments on the issues about whether Washington is interested in maintaining a military presence on the base “Manas” and after 2014, and whether they want the United States conclude with Bishkek new lease on that object. As the representative of the State Department, the United States does not intend “to speculate on the possible outcome of the discussions, which are on the Transit Center.” “We need to hear what is said on this subject our Kyrgyz partners,” – said the representative of the U.S. foreign affairs agency. In this case, referring to the old saying Hillary Clinton Secretary of State, she added that “many countries are interested in a stable Afghanistan and the future of the region.”
The Transit Center is now called the Manas base, which operates from the end of 2001, and used to support U.S. operations in Afghanistan. The lease of the last military installation was made the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan in July 2009 for a period of 5 years. This agreement provides for an automatic extension for a year without opposition parties, and early termination. In the latter case, it should be for 6 months it is notified. Washington Center for the operation of pay Bishkek 60 million dollars per year.
As a representative of the Foreign Ministry reminded the U.S., the current lease agreement is valid “until July 2014.” President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev, “pledged to fully implement the agreement,” said the diplomat.
According to her, the Transit Center, from the point of view of the U.S., “is an important hub of logistics’ operations in Afghanistan, is a” wonderful contribution Kyrgyzstan efforts of the international coalition. ” “We greatly appreciate the support of the government of Kyrgyzstan Coalition efforts in Afghanistan, its commitment to regional security,” – said the U.S. State Department official.
The participants of the results of talks between Putin and Atambayev joint statement said that Moscow “supports the intention to transform Kyrgyzstan transit center at Manas airport in civilian object, free of the military component, after the mission of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.” Russia also expressed its “willingness to explore the establishment of the airport Manas civilian transport infrastructure for air cargo from Asia to Europe and back.”