The governments of Australia and South Korea have reached Kyrgyzstan authorities requesting permission to deploy on its territory auxiliary military missions to be involved in the US-led anti-terror operation in Afghanistan. The request was handed over through the US diplomatic mission to Kyrgyzstan, a Kyrgyz foreign ministry source told RIA Novosti Wednesday. The two countries mean to deploy their medical and engineer units in the republic. The republican Security Council is considering the request at the moment, according to a source. Italy, Canada and France earlier requested the Kyrgyz leaders for deployment of their Mirage-2000 and F-16 aircraft but have not received any reply whatsoever from official Bishkek.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the termination of diplomatic relations with NATO at a time when US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ended a meeting in Georgia with his counterpart