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Kyrgyzstan interim deputy leader flies to Moscow for talks

Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 14:18

Bishkek: The deputy head of Kyrgyzstan`s provisional government, Almazbek Atambyaev, flew to Moscow on Friday to request economic aid from Russia, the interim authorities said.

A delegation headed by Atambayev "left for Moscow early Friday for talks on economic aid with several members of the Russian leadership," the provisional government of the Central Asian country said in a statement.

It did not provide further details.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said Russia is willing to provide humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan, following violent rioting on Wednesday that led to the toppling of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Putin held telephone talks on Thursday with the leader of the interim government, Roza Otunbayeva, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Some analysts say the deposed president provoked Moscow`s fury by signing an agreement that Kyrgyzstan would continue hosting a US air base vital to the NATO operations in Afghanistan.

Russia is concerned at the US presence in the region that it long considered part of its sphere of influence. Moscow also operates a military base close to the capital Bishkek.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 14:18

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