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Russian air base "Kant": What remains behind the scenes

Thunder out of the blue sky, both for Russians and Kyrgyz, was the unexpected statement by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambayev, that Russia allegedly did not pay rent for its military facilities in the republic for several years and did not fulfill other yourself commitments. Although more recently, country officials have repeatedly stated that cooperation between the military departments of two friendly states is gaining momentum, and nothing prevents this. Messages in the media made a lot of noise, the discussion is still ongoing. To avoid the opinion that the Russian Federation, in fact, violates the agreement, it is necessary to tell about the true state of affairs.

Russian air base "Kant": What remains behind the scenes

Especially a lot of complaints were made to aviation base "Kant", which supposedly does not fulfill the obligation to train Kyrgyz pilots and repair transferred to the Russian part of the aircraft. The statements made are not true, and in order not to be unfounded, we turn to the “Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic on the status and conditions of stay of the Russian air base in the Kyrgyz Republic”, signed in Moscow on September 22, 2003. Article 7 of the Agreement says: “The Kyrgyz Party shall transfer to the Russian Party for the period of this Agreement free of charge aviation and other equipment for the Russian air base according to the list (in particular, it concerns four combat training aircraft L-39), which is "an integral part of this Agreement. Aviation and other equipment transferred to the Russian Party is the property of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Russian Party shall provide technical support and operation of the aviation and other equipment transferred by the Kyrgyz Party."

To have a complete picture of the situation, you need to know what was transferred to the Russians. According to the acts, the list of understaffing for each of the four aircraft consists of approximately twenty points, and the calendar life of many of the existing units has long ended. (The technique was transferred in the fall of the 2003 of the year.) In addition, there are dents, deformations, and the tightness of the aircraft was broken. In short, with all the desire to fly into the air on such aircraft is dangerous, since they are all faulty, as indicated in the acts. Why representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic decided, as they stated to the media that the Russian base was supposed to repair the aircraft, is unclear. Providing technical support and operation does not mean that the Russians are obliged to restore, in fact, the "dispossessed" equipment. Simply put, the base needs to maintain the transferred planes in working condition, only their deplorable state should not be called working language.

In accordance with the Agreement, "in order to maintain the flight skills of the flight personnel of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Party shall donate aviation equipment to the Kyrgyz Side." To use their equipment for training the Kyrgyz pilots, as well as to donate, as provided for by the Agreement, the pilot-instructors base is ready. That's just no one to teach. The corresponding "written request of the authorized body of the Kyrgyz Party", as provided for by the 7 article of the Agreement, has not been received in the Kant database for 8 years of its activities.

Strange turns история. Yes, Kyrgyz pilots are not trained in the Kant database, but who is to blame for this? .. And anyway, are there any such pilots? The command of the Russian unit in the military department of Kyrgyzstan could not say anything intelligible about this. Another important detail. According to the Agreement, "the required amount of fuel and lubricants and other material means to maintain the skills of the flight personnel of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic is allocated by the Kyrgyz Party". The matter did not come to fulfillment of this point, of course, because it did not even concern the development of a plan for joint activities in this direction, not to mention its implementation. Can you blame the Russian side for this? Of course not.

Russian media reported that Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev was mistaken when he spoke about the Kant airbase. In this regard, the local large print edition requested clarification from the Ministry of Defense of the republic. The deputy minister replied that the head of state, they say, said everything correctly. Alas, the president was given, apparently, nevertheless incomplete information, and understatement led to a distortion of the true state of affairs. The above arguments are another confirmation of this.

I would like to recall that the signing of the Collective Security Treaty in 1992 in May was due to the desire of the states (including Kyrgyzstan) to work together to ensure the territorial security and integrity of the former Soviet republics, to recreate their common defense space. The main military component of the collective security system is the coalition groups of troops in the regions, designed to deter or repel aggression, as well as to conduct other operations in the interests of ensuring security from external threats. In accordance with the decision of the Presidents of the States Parties to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), in August 2001, the collective forces of rapid deployment of the Central Asian region were formed, which included units and subunits of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

From October 2003, the Russian Aviation Base with a place of deployment in the city of Kant began operating as part of the CBRD CAR. The Kant base was formed in accordance with international agreements of 10 June 1992, 5 July 1993, 21 December 1999, 27 July 2000, 11 October 2000 and 5 December 2002. The decision to introduce it into the CBRC of the CAR was taken at a session of the Collective Security Council in April 2003.

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  1. Victor
    Victor April 30 2012 11: 38
    Everything said in the article is correct, but is inherently already after the factbecause This information has long been in the public domain and has been discussed more than once on our website.
    1. esaul
      esaul April 30 2012 11: 46
      Victor, greetings, buddy! I also think that this annoying case with all sorts of speculation and inflated to, almost, an international conflict, the page is turned over. As the anecdote says - "Shcha! Nobody is going anywhere anymore ..."
      1. Victor
        Victor April 30 2012 11: 51
        Good morning, Valera! Yes, you're right, the way it is.
        1. domokl
          domokl April 30 2012 13: 29
          When they want to remind about something, they usually choose not incidental situations, such as described, but something significant ..
          1. Норд
            Норд April 30 2012 14: 10
            It is not the fact of this embarrassment that annoys us, but its form. If the newly-minted president, using false information as an accusation, also presents it in a boorish way (appeal to another president using Hey), then involuntarily disheveled and rebelled ...
            1. 755962
              755962 April 30 2012 21: 49
              The United States continues to strengthen its military presence in Central Asia, skillfully playing on the contradictions of the countries of the region. Mr. Atambayev should think about this, or rather determine his decisions regarding the future development of our relations.
      2. Yarbay
        Yarbay April 30 2012 23: 27
        Valery! For me, this is news !!
        I thought the question was in renting the base territory, but here it turns out quite another !!
        I'm at a loss !!
    2. Krilion
      Krilion 1 May 2012 05: 44
      as I understand it, in a prosperous independent Kyrgyzstan there were no combat aircraft capable of flying to the sky, no pilots who could carry out this operation ... if not for Russia, Central Asia would have slipped into the Stone Age a long time ago ....
  2. Odinplys
    Odinplys April 30 2012 11: 43
    Atambayev’s desire ... to eat a fish ... and to get into a boat ... will not add to his authority ...
    1. Neighbor
      Neighbor April 30 2012 12: 00
      Quote: OdinPlys
      and eat a fish ... and get into a boat ...

      And eat a fish, and sell scales, and don’t choke on a bone and don’t sit on a stake!
    2. alexng
      alexng April 30 2012 20: 34
      A poor relative is looking for wealthy relatives. laughing
  3. YARY
    YARY April 30 2012 12: 00
    To date, this issue has been dealt with.-and blowing into this dudu makes no sense
  4. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov April 30 2012 12: 00
    The President was provided with incomplete information ??? Well, what a president, such and assistants. Base will be point
  5. Recon
    Recon April 30 2012 12: 07
    70 years fed parasites. They cannot wean everything. After all, it is understandable why these squeals - give more dough. Similar stuffing regularly happens with American Manas. only gentlemen, Americans slap money as much as they want, and we earn.
    1. Cadet787
      Cadet787 April 30 2012 13: 27
      All their adult life, "animals" want to bite off Russia, a piece of fatter. Look gentlemen do not break your teeth.
  6. Redpartyzan
    Redpartyzan April 30 2012 13: 42
    In the morning, an article about Crimea is now here in Kyrgyzstan and everyone wants to tear off more money accusing Russia of non-fulfillment of contractual obligations. Ungrateful creatures! After all, we protect their interests, including with our military presence!
  7. chukapabra
    chukapabra April 30 2012 18: 37
    It smells of another extortion. Apparently an example of other * allies * wishing to break the dough for a freebie is contagious