Russia to spend over $1 billion on Kyrgyz and Tajik military needs

Russia is prepared to spend $1.1 billion to provide the Kyrgyz Armed Forces with new weapons, and another $200 million on the needs of Tajikistan's Army, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Moscow could also give Dushanbe privileges worth $200 million as part of exports of Russian petroleum products, it said.

"Moscow promised Bishkek that it would invest $1.1 billion in modernizing the Armed Forces. Appropriate agreements were concluded during the visits to Bishkek by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov in August and President Vladimir Putin in September," the newspaper said, citing sources close to the Russian-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Commission.

This topic will be high on the agenda of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's visit to Moscow on Nov. 14-15, Kommersant said.

Russia is ready to contribute $200 million to modernize Tajikistan's air defense system and military hardware maintenance, it said.

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