Support The Moscow Times!

$1Bln Russia-Kyrgyzstan Arms Deal to See First Shipments Next Year

Russia will begin arms shipments to Kyrgyzstan in the near future as part of a $1 billion deal signed last year to modernize the Central Asian country's military, Kyrgyzstan's president said at a news conference Monday.

"After reaching a historic agreement with Russia to reorganize our armed forces, all of the paperwork has been completed, and we will soon receive deliveries of artillery pieces, tanks, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and other military equipment," Almazbek Atambayev said.

He said the newly modernized army would be ready to defend the country by 2017.

The two former Soviet nations signed a 15-year agreement in September 2012 on maintaining Russian bases in the Central Asian country.

Last month Kyrgyzstan officially notified the U.S. that American access to Kyrgyzstan's Manas airbase will be suspended next summer.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.