Accessibility links

Breaking News

U.S. Asks Two Kyrgyz Diplomats To Leave

The U.S. military's use of an air base in Kyrgyzstan has been one ongoing bilateral issue (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 2, 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Ministry says two of its embassy employees in Washington have been declared persona non grata.

Kyrgyz media have quoted a ministry statement as saying U.S. authorities provided no explanation for the decision, but say the move is in response to the recent expulsion of two U.S. diplomats from Kyrgyzstan.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry on July 12 accused the two U.S. Embassy employees of conducting activities that were incompatible with their diplomatic status.

Today, the Foreign Ministry said it hopes relations between Bishkek and Washington will continue to develop, despite the tit-for-tat expulsion of embassy personnel.

Reports that six Kyrgyz security officers who were undergoing training in the United States were recently asked to leave the country cannot be officially confirmed.

(AKIpress, Kabar.

Military Bases In Central Asia

Military Bases In Central Asia

Click on the map for an enlarged image.

PROJECTING POWER: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the onset of the war on terror, Central Asia has played an important role in military-security issues. At times, Russia and the West have clashed over questions related to military deployments. RFE/RL has provided extensive coverage of this increasingly important geopolitical matter.


U.S. Official Discusses Policy In Central Asia

Kazakhstan Looks To Build On Alliance With Putin

The Geopolitical Game In Central Asia

Dushanbe Conference Focuses On Regional Security

Russia And U.S. Often At Odds In Central Asia

China-Russia Bloc Challenges U.S. In Region

THE COMPLETE STORY: Click on the icon to view a dedicated webpage bringing together all of RFE/RL's coverage of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.