Russia will provide military equipment and armoured vehicles to Kyrgyzstan in 2013 2606135

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Defence & Security News - Russia / Kyrgyzstan

 
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 07:40 PM
 
Russia will provide military equipment and armoured vehicles to Kyrgyzstan in 2013.
Russia’s defense minister has said Moscow would begin sending weapons and other military equipment to Kyrgyzstan this year, not in 2014, as previously announced. Supplies as part of a bilateral armed forces assistance program will start in “the fourth quarter of 2013,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with the head of the Central Asian state.
     
Russia’s defense minister has said Moscow would begin sending weapons and other military equipment to Kyrgyzstan this year, not in 2014, as previously announced. Supplies as part of a bilateral armed forces assistance program will start in “the fourth quarter of 2013,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with the head of the Central Asian state.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
     

Igor Korotchenko, head of the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Global Arms Trade, previously told RIA Novosti that Russia’s decision to supply arms to Kyrgyzstan was based in part on a desire to curb the spread of Islamic extremism in the post-Soviet region.

He also said arms supplies would most likely include tanks, armored vehicles and personnel carriers, as well as rocket launchers, artillery, small arms, and surveillance and communication systems.

In November 2012, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper wrote that Moscow had pledged to provide $1.1 billion worth of military assistance to the Central Asian country. However, on Tuesday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu did disclose the cost of the program or the weapons that would be supplied.

 

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