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    Kyrgyzstan is ready to open both a Russian and U.S antiterrorism training center, President Roza Otunbayeva said on Tuesday.

    Kyrgyzstan is ready to open both a Russian and U.S antiterrorism training center, President Roza Otunbayeva said on Tuesday.

    "Two objects may be created, both U.S. and Russian," Otunbayeva said. "There is nothing bad in this, we should be pragmatists," she continued. "We are ready to get instructions on fighting terrorism, we have no experience in these issues," she added.

    "[Some] constantly try to oppose these countries on our territory," Otunbayeva said. "In Europe and in the United States, I was asked about the relations with Russia," she said. "There is no doubt that Russia is our strategic partner and ally," she said, adding that apart from Russia and the United States, other countries also help to ensure security in the Central Asian country.

    Otunbayeva, who came to power amid large-scale protests that ousted former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April last year, was approved as the country's new leader in a referendum in June.

    The political situation in Kyrgyzstan stabilized after the country elected a new parliament and approved Otunbayeva as president for a transitional period until 2012.

    Kyrgyzstan hosts a U.S. transit center on the territory of Manas Airport in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. The base serves as a major transit point for supplying troops in Afghanistan. It also hosts a fleet of coalition aerial tankers for fighters' refueling and surveillance aircraft used in Afghanistan.

    BISHKEK, March 15 (RIA Novosti)

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