Kyrgyzstan and Russia have signed a bilateral agreement on military-technical co-operation, the Russian government announced on 20 June following talks between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, in Moscow.
"Military-technical and defence co-operation is an important element of the strategic relations between Russia and Kyrgyzstan. I strongly believe that the contract we signed today [20 June] to promote military-technical co-operation will make a substantial contribution to further enhancing Kyrgyzstan's defence capabilities," Putin was quoted as saying in a press statement.
Putin also said that the two countries reaffirmed "our shared understanding that the presence of a Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan is an important factor of stability and security in Central Asia in keeping with the long-term interests of our countries and our CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization] allies".
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