Russia, Kyrgyzstan to conclude three significant agreements in fall

Russia and Kyrgyzstan will sign three strategic agreements in the military-technical, economic and energy fields in fall, the newspaper Kommersant said on Thursday.

"The first deal with regard of Russia's participation in the construction of the Kambarata-1 hydropower plant of the Verkhny Naryn cascade will be signed by September 15," sources in the Russian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan told the newspaper. 

The only unsolved question is how powerful Kambarata-1 would be: Kyrgyzstan insists on 1,900 megawatt and Russia proposes 850.

A Kommersant source in the Russian government admitted the high risk of the investments but said, "The engagement in this strategic economic sector of Kyrgyzstan will build up the significance of partnership with Moscow for Bishkek and strengthen the Russian influence on geopolitics of the entire region."

The second agreement with regard of Kyrgyzstan's debt to Russia will be signed in October, the newspaper said. "Moscow will write off nearly $500 million debts of Kyrgyzstan. A part of the debt (approximately $200 million) will be written off already this year, and the rest will be written off within a decade, starting from 2016," the sources told the newspaper.

Kommersant recalled the original plans of writing off the debts in exchange for giving Moscow a stake in the Dastan torpedo plant and some other assets. The new deal says Dastan will be put on an auction and anyone wishing may take part.

The third agreement will be signed in November to ensure the deployment of a Russian combined military base in Kyrgyzstan for 15 years.

The deployment period will start in 2017, and it will be possible to extend the agreement. "The accords are important for Russia and regional security. Kyrgyzstan has made a wise decision to link its future with Russia and the CSTO," the government source told Kommersant.

While developing cooperation with Russia, Kyrgyzstan also cooperates with the U.S. "If the Americans bring us military hardware we will not reject it," Kyrgyz Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov told Kommersant.

Kyrgyz sources did not rule out that the U.S. base at the Bishkek Manas Airport would stay after 2014 under a different name in spite of the earlier promises of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev.

Meanwhile, the government source told Kommersant that Bishkek had promised the soonest presentation of the Manas development concept. "President Atambayev undertook political obligations. He said publicly there would be no U.S. servicemen there after 2014. We expect him to keep the promise," the source said.

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