MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Akayev said that the coalition forces engaged in operations in Afghanistan could have been involved in the drug-smuggling from the troubled country.
"This base had always served its initial purpose – to deploy troops, cargo to supply the coalition forces in Afghanistan. We don't know what they worked out on the way back. Probably, they transported heroin… They could have done anything on their way back…," Akayev told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
The former president of Kyrgyzstan also stated that it was a common practice for the United States to compensate the expenses on military operations through drug trade.
"It is widely known. In Latin America, for example, all their operations… Nobody financed them, they reimbursed through drug trafficking. Why then exclude it in Afghanistan?" Akayev told RIA Novosti.
Askar Akayev served as the first president of Kyrgyzstan in 1990- 2005. He was ousted from power in 2005 as a result of the Tulip Revolution.