Ah…the counter-offer

US Bases in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Not Indispensable

DefenseNews:

U.S. bases in Uzbekistan and in Kyrgyzstan are not “critical” to U.S. interests although Central Asia is of importance, Pentagon spokesmen said Thursday, after the countries pointed to the bases’ future closure.

“But the installations — none of them are so critical to our operations that we couldn’t do fine and work around them if we weren’t operating from those places any longer,” Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said.

Thus is the initial term of lease demand rebuffed. Negotiations to follow.