After US military bases disappeared in Kyrgyzstan, many assumed that Russian strategic facilities in the republic may vanish as well. However, President Almazbek Atambayev stated that Kyrgyzstan was not going to remove the Russian base from the country. The Russian army base appeared in Kyrgyzstan back in 2003 at the request of Kyrgyz authorities. According to the Kyrgyz leader, there are "threats that the republic can not resist to."
Sergey Shestov, retired KGB colonel
"I still do not understand what the Russian government wants. If we want to develop independently and successfully, then we also need such bases. If we want to consolidate with the society that fights against terrorism and the proliferation of extreme Islamism, then Russian army bases in other countries are absolutely needed."