Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, visiting Bishkek, said that Moscow was ready to consider the idea of a military base in Kyrgyzstan. Earlier this was said by the ambassador of this country to the Russian Federation Alikbek Dzhekshenkulov.
In Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Kant Air Force Base is the only one in Central Asia. Among its tasks are airspace control in the region and ensuring the security of Kyrgyz air borders. The question arises: why is the Republic the second Russian military base?
One version says that the Kyrgyz authorities are willing to use it to achieve additional investment. But this is not the most significant reason. A much more significant factor is the destabilization in Afghanistan. An alarm is caused by the increasing talk of the withdrawal of US troops from there. In addition, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs recently reported the displacement of a terrorist group from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Kyrgyzstan. Surely during the visit the issue of building a second base will be discussed. Previously, such an idea already existed, but it was frustrated by the former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiev. He let the American base into the country, which was liquidated after Bakiyev was overthrown and fled the country.
Now Washington is again looking at Kyrgyzstan and is trying to increase its influence. It is possible that the question will be raised about the return of the US base. And for Russia, strengthening its presence in Central Asia is not only a matter of security, but also of geopolitics.