St. Petersburg, March 27 (RTL/RL) - Kyrgyzstan's President
Askar Akayev says he and Russian President Boris Yeltsin will sign
several broad bilateral accords. But he also shows reluctance to integrate
with other former Soviet republics and Russia.
Speaking yesterday at a press conference in St. Petersburg, Akayev
said that the accords are to include a provision allowing ethnic
Russians in Kyrgyzstan to hold dual citizenship and a military pact
permitting Russian troops to be stationed in Kyrgyzstan. He also
said that he would sign an agreement with Russia, Kazakhstan and
Belarus to join their customs union.
But he also said that he and Kazakhstan's President Nursultan
Nazarbayev were in agreement on their opposition to rapid integration
Akayev said that some type of integration might be desirable
later, probably along the model of the European Union. But he remarked
that Belarus' President Alyaksandr Lykashenka migh have moved too
quickly when he recently announced readiness to complete
a Belarus-Russia union treaty.
Also yesterday, Akayev signed a protocol with the St. Petersburg
city government permitting workers and specialists from St Petersburg
to be employed in Kyrgyzstan to help build a nuclear reactor.
Akayev arrives in Moscow today. He is to sign bi-lateral agreements
with Russia tomorrow, and the quadri-lateral accord Friday.