Base to stay in Kyrgyzstan

U.S. outflanks Kremlin, Beijing on Kyrgyz base

The US military base in Kyrgyzstan is staying put, for now at least:

After meeting with Rumsfeld on Tuesday in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, Kyrgyz leaders said Rumsfeld convinced them that Afghanistan remains volatile, and that Manas is needed to provide logistical support for operations there.

“The base at Manas will stay as long as the situation in Afghanistan requires,” acting Kyrgyz Defense Minister Ismail Isakov said during a news conference with Rumsfeld. “Once there is stabilization, there will be no need. But now I agree with [Rumsfeld], who said the situation in Afghanistan is far from stable.”

No word on concessions or aid packages.