Bishkek: Russian troops will be deployed
to guard some strategic sites in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian
country`s interim leader Roza Otunbayeva said on national
radio on Friday.
"Russian troops will guard some strategic sites in
Kyrgyzstan," Otunbayeva said. "This decision has been taken to
ensure security for these sites."
Otunbayeva had earlier asked Russia to send
military forces to help quell ethnic clashes that exploded in
the Central Asian state a week ago.
The Kremlin dispatched humanitarian aid but
rejected Otunbayeva`s request for military help, saying the
violence was an internal affair that had to be brought under
control by the government of Kyrgyzstan.
Otunbayeva also reiterated that the death toll from
the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan was up to 10 times higher
than the official toll of 192.
"I would increase the official death toll from
southern Kyrgyzstan by ten times," Otunbayeva said.