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New Kyrgyz rulers accost Russia target to close U.S. bottom

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BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan"s self-proclaimed new care pronounced on Thursday that Russia had helped to reject President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and that they directed to close a U.S. airbase that has raw Moscow.


Their comments set Wednesday"s overpower of Bakiyev, who fled the collateral Bishkek as crowds stormed supervision buildings, resolutely in the context of superpower adversary in executive Asia.

No earlier had presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev sealed an arms rebate agreement in Prague as piece of an bid to "reset" stretched family than a comparison executive in Medvedev"s commission urged Kyrgyzstan"s new rulers to close the base.

The official, who declined to be named, remarkable that Bakiyev had not over a guarantee to close the Manas airbase, that the United States uses to supply NATO infantry in Afghanistan. He pronounced there should be usually one bottom in Kyrgyzstan -- a Russian one.

Omurbek Tekebayev, a former Kyrgyz antithesis personality who took assign of inherent counts in the new government, pronounced that "Russia played the purpose in ousting Bakiyev."

"You"ve seen the turn of Russia"s happiness when they saw Bakiyev gone," he told Reuters. "So right away there is a high luck that the generation of the U.S. air base"s participation in Kyrgyzstan will be shortened."

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin denied that Moscow had played a piece in the misunderstanding in the former Soviet republic, that Russia plainly regards as piece of the own at the back of yard.

But he was the initial unfamiliar personality to commend antithesis figure Roza Otunbayeva as personality of Kyrgyzstan, and rang her shortly after she pronounced she was in charge.

The United States pronounced it had not nonetheless motionless either to commend Otunbayeva"s government, and did not contend who it believed was in control.

Russia"s tip ubiquitous pronounced 150 paratroopers had been sent to Russia"s own Kant bottom in Kyrgyzstan, and Medvedev"s bureau pronounced they would strengthen Russian adults at the embassy and pick tactful facilities.

Otunbayeva, who once served as Bakiyev"s unfamiliar minister, pronounced the halt supervision tranquil the total nation solely for Bakiyev"s energy bottom of Osh and Jalalabad in the south, and had the subsidy of the armed forces and limit guards.

She pronounced the incident in Kyrgyzstan"s economy was "fairly alarming" and it would need unfamiliar aid. She pronounced Putin had asked how Russia could help.


"We concluded that my initial emissary and the republic"s former budding minister, Almaz Atambayev, would fly to Moscow and delineate the needs," she told Russian Ekho Moskvy radio.

Putin did not guarantee a specific sum, she said. "But the actuality that he called, spoke nicely, went in to detail, asked about sum -- generally, I was changed by that. It is a signal."

Otunbayeva pronounced Bakiyev was holed up in Jalalabad. "What we did yesterday was the answer to the hang-up and restraint opposite the people by the Bakiyev regime," she told reporters.

Kyrgyzstan, a nation of 5.3 million people, has couple of healthy resources but has done the majority of the on all sides at the intersection of Russian, U.S. and Chinese spheres of influence.

Washington has used Manas to supply U.S.-led NATO forces fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan given losing identical comforts in Uzbekistan, assumingly after vigour from Moscow.

Bakiyev voiced the Manas bottom would close during a revisit to Moscow last year at that he cumulative $2 billion in predicament aid, usually to determine after to keep it open at a higher rent.

The U.S. assign d"affaires in Bishkek met Otunbayeva, whilst in Washington a tip U.S. shrewd person perceived Bakiyev"s unfamiliar minister, Kadyrbek Sarbayev.

"Our summary to both is the same," State Department orator P.J. Crowley told a headlines briefing. "We will go on to urge them to finalise this in a pacific way."

Michael McFaul, a comparison White House confidant on Russia told reporters in Prague: "This is not a small anti-American coup. That we know for sure, and this is not a sponsored-by-the-Russians coup."

He pronounced Medvedev and Obama had not discussed the base. A U.S. executive pronounced they had deliberate creation a corner matter on Kyrgyzstan, but nothing was issued.


The Pentagon pronounced singular operations were stability at Manas, and await to Afghanistan had not been severely harmed.

Pentagon officials contend Manas has been executive to the fight effort, permitting around-the-clock fight airlifts and airdrops, healing depletion and aerial refueling, and that pick solutions would be less fit and some-more expensive.

Bakiyev, himself brought to energy by a "people power" series in 2005, told Reuters by write that he had no plans to step down, but offering to speak to the antithesis leaders who have claimed carry out of Kyrgyzstan.

"I can"t contend that Russia is at the at the back of this," he said. "I don"t wish to contend that -- I only don"t wish to hold it."

Speaking to Russia"s Ekho Moskvy radio, he concurred that he had small carry out over events in the capital.

With rioters in motion the streets and drawn out looting after a day in that dozens were killed in clashes in in in between protesters and police, the self-proclaimed new interior apportion systematic security forces to glow on looters.

Bishkek awoke to on fire cars and burned-out shops on Thursday after a day in that at slightest 75 people were killed.

Smoke billowed from the seven-storey White House, the main chair of government, as crowds rampaged by it. Looting was drawn out and shots could still be listened on Thursday night.

The overthrow was sparked by displeasure over corruption, nepotism and rising application prices. A third of the race live next the misery line. Remittances from the 800,000 Kyrgyz operative in Russia have up about 40 percent of Kyrgyzstan"s GDP.

Another 10 percent or so comes from the hulk Kumtor bullion mine, operated by Canada"s Centerra Gold.

Centerra pronounced operations were unblushing by the turmoil, but the shares were down around 5 percent on the day, following an eleven percent tumble on Wednesday. [nN08121726]

(Additional stating by Olga Dzyubenko in Bishkek, Khulkar Isamova in Osh, Robin Paxton, Steve Gutterman and Guy Faulconbridge in Moscow; Lucy Hornby in Beijing, Peter Graff in Kabul; Denis Dyomkin in Prague; Phil Stewart, Andrew Quinn and Adam Entous in Washington; Writing by Kevin Liffey; modifying by David Stamp)

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