LIGNET: Russia Quickly Fills Void as US Evacuates Kyrgyzstan

Image: LIGNET: Russia Quickly Fills Void as US Evacuates Kyrgyzstan A U.S. serviceman on the runway at the U.S. air base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 18, 2013. The base, used as a transit center for U.S. troops arriving and departing from Afghanistan, started formally closing down operations in March after the United States chose an air base in Romania as the new transit hub. (Vyacheslav Oseledko /AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 03:08 PM

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As the United States prepares to leave its base in Kyrgyzstan, Russia is poised to greatly expand its influence in a resource-filled country bordering Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Over the past month, Russia has purchased Kyrgyzstan's state-owned natural gas company, bid for its airports, and increased pressure on the country to join its trade organization.

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