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Russia Gets Veto on Bases in Other Ex-Soviet Nations, RIA Says

December 20, 2011

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.

--Editors: James Hertling, Eddie Buckle

To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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