1. Wide exterior of the Kremlin ++NIGHT SHOT++
2. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev walks into room, shakes hands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
3. Medvedev (right) and Bakyiev seated, talking
4. Cutaway of news media
5. Wide as presidents come for signing Russian-Kyrgyz documents
6. Various of signing of documents by the presidents
7. Cutaway of news media
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan:
“More than once we have discussed with our American partners the subject of the economic compensation to Kyryzstan for the presence (of the US air base), but unfortunately, we did not find an understanding from the United States. For over three years we have been talking of the need to review the terms of the agreement, which do not satisfy us completely, yet we have not seen an understanding from the United States.”
9. Cutaway of news media
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan:
“The problems that have amassed (in US-Kyrgyzstan relations) steer up a negative response in the society and people justly raised the question, already for quite a while, about the reasons to have the base on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Literally the other day, the government of Kyrgyzstan made a decision on ending the term for the American military base on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.”
11. Presidents stand and walk out
Kyrgyzstan’s president said on Tuesday that his country was ending the US use of an air base that has been key to military operations in Afghanistan, Russian news agencies reported.
The decision to end the US use of Manas, just outside the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, could have potentially far-reaching consequences for US and NATO operations in Afghanistan.
Interfax and RIA-Novosti quoted Kurmanbek Bakiyev, on a visit to Moscow, as making the statement just minutes after Russia announced it was providing the poor Central Asian nation with billions (b) of US dollars in aid.
General David Petraeus, commander of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, said during a trip to Central Asia last month that Manas air base would be key to plans to boost US troop presence in Afghanistan by up to 30,000 soldiers in the coming months.
The Kyrgyz government “made a decision on ending the term for the American military base on the territory of Kyrgyzstan” Bakiyev said during a news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Kyrgyz government officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said a press briefing was scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Officials with US Central Command also said they were unable to comment.
The United States set up the Manas base in Kyrgyzstan and a base in neighbouring Uzbekistan after the attacks of September 11 2001 to back operations in Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan expelled US troops from the base on its territory in 2005 in a dispute over human rights issues, leaving Manas as the only US.military facility in the region.
Russia has long been suspicious of the US presence in what it considers its strategic backyard and agreed on Tuesday to provide Kyrgyzstan with two (b) billion US dollars in loans plus another 150 (m) million in financial aid.
Russia also uses a military airbase at Kant, Kyrgyzstan.
The United States currently pumps a total of 150 (m) million US dollars into Kyrgyzstan’s economy annually, including 63 (m) million in rent for Manas, Petraeus said last month.
Bakiyev said Kyrgyzstan had “discussed with our American partners the subject of the economic compensation to Kyryzstan for the presence (of the US air base), but unfortunately, we did not find an understanding from the United States.”
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