Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Russia agreed with six ex-Soviet nations to secure a veto on outside powers establishing military bases in the region, RIA Novosti reported, citing President Dmitry Medvedev’s spokeswoman.
Russia considers the agreement with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as a positive step for regional stability, Natalya Timakova said today, according to the state news service.
Newly elected Kyrgyz Presidentv Almazbek Atambayev plans to close a U.S. base when the lease runs out in 2014, the New York Times reported. Manas base, near to the capital Bishkek, is a supply hub for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
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