Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov engaged in discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Bishkek during Putin’s official visit to the Central Asian nation. The two sides focused on further strengthening military cooperation, culminating in the signing of a law ratifying the agreement for the creation of a Joint Regional Air Defence System, as reported by Xinhua news agency on Thursday.
According to the president’s press service, the agreement aims to provide more robust protection for the airspace of both countries, enhancing overall security and safeguarding national interests. Kyrgyzstan will allocate a five-hectare plot of land near Kant Air Base for the establishment of the joint air defence system. Kant Air Base, operational since October 2003 under a bilateral agreement between Russia and Kyrgyzstan, is situated near Bishkek.
Earlier in the day, the two leaders emphasized cooperation in various domains such as trade, economics, culture, and humanitarian efforts, along with collaboration in energy, agriculture, interregional ties, and the advancement of a green economy.
Highlighting the 20th anniversary of the Kant Air Base and the 30th anniversary of Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University this year, President Japarov underscored their significance as symbols of friendship between the two nations. He expressed high regard for the strategic partnership and allied relations between Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
President Putin conveyed gratitude for the warm reception and hospitality, acknowledging Kyrgyzstan’s efforts during its chairmanship in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The leaders engaged in a comprehensive exchange of views on key issues of mutual concern, reflecting the depth and breadth of their discussions.