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Kyrgyzstan in talks on hosting second Russian military base: PM to agency

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan is in talks with Moscow about hosting a second Russian military base, Russian news agency RIA quoted Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov as saying on Monday.

During a visit last week to Moscow, Isakov suggested situating the base in the southern part of the Central Asian country close to its border with Tajikistan - where Russia also has a similar facility.

“There is no final decision from either of the sides,” RIA quoted him as saying in an interview. “Negotiations continue on this matter.”

Close ally Kyrgyzstan already hosts a Russian airbase located near its capital, Bishkek.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by John Stonestreet

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