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February 17, 2009


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Patrick Armstrong

Note that in the new agreement ( Bishkek appears to have got most of what it wanted:
1. A lot more money, not just three times as much for the annual rent but another $100 million for other programs.
2. The promise that the base "will be used for the transport of non-military goods of a commercial nature, including construction materials, medicine, fuel, water and clothing"; in short, nothing to do with Iran or China.

So, Bishkek has effectively negotiated an improvement from its point of view.

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