Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and Russian President Vladimir Putin engaged in talks during Putin’s official visit to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday, with a focus on enhancing military collaboration. The leaders signed a law ratifying the agreement for the establishment of a Joint Regional Air Defense System.
This agreement, according to the president’s press service, aims to bolster the protection of both countries’ airspace, fortify security, and safeguard national interests. To facilitate the creation of this joint air defense system, Kyrgyzstan has allocated a five-hectare parcel of land near Kant Air Base. Kant Air Base, located in proximity to Bishkek, has been operational since the bilateral agreement between Russia and Kyrgyzstan in October 2003.
During the course of their meeting, the two leaders also underscored their cooperation in various areas, including trade, economics, culture, humanitarian affairs, energy, agriculture, interregional partnerships, and the promotion of a green economy.
Highlighting the significance of this year, which marks the 20th anniversary of Kant Air Base and the 30th anniversary of Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, President Japarov emphasized that these institutions serve as symbols of the strong friendship between Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He further expressed the Kyrgyz side’s profound appreciation for the strategic partnership and allied relations with Russia.
President Putin conveyed his gratitude to President Japarov for the warm reception and hospitality during his visit. He also commended Kyrgyzstan for its efforts within the Commonwealth of Independent States during its chairmanship.
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In addition to these discussions, the two leaders engaged in a comprehensive exchange of views on a range of pressing mutual concerns.
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