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Kyrgyzstan Ready to Consider Expansion of Russia's Kant Airbase

© Sputnik / Vladimir Pirogov / Go to the photo bankAn Su-25 on display as Russia and Kyrgyzstan celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kant Airbase's opening.
An Su-25 on display as Russia and Kyrgyzstan celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kant Airbase's opening. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kyrgyzstan is ready to consider the expansion of the Russian airbase Kant if such a proposal comes from Moscow or the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), newly-appointed Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev told Sputnik.

"As for the Kant base, our firm position is to preserve this base. No one will revise previously signed agreements ... We will be ready to talk about its expansion if the Russian side or the CSTO countries initiate such an issue. Of course, we will discuss this. First, let there be a proposal", Kazakbaev said.

© Sputnik / Sputnik / Go to the photo bankThe name of Soviet Union hero Ismailbek Taranchiebv is conferred upon a Su-25 at Russia's Kant Airbase in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan Ready to Consider Expansion of Russia's Kant Airbase - Sputnik International
The name of Soviet Union hero Ismailbek Taranchiebv is conferred upon a Su-25 at Russia's Kant Airbase in Kyrgyzstan.

The Russian airbase was established in Kant, located some 12 miles outside of Bishkek, in 2003 as part of the Collective Rapid Deployment Force and is involved in ensuring the security of the airspace of the states of the CSTO. In late 2012, Kyrgyzstan agreed to lease the base to Russia for 15 years, with an option for an automatic extension for another five years, in exchange for Russia's reduction of Kyrgyzstan's debt.

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