BISHKEK. On Dec. 5 an agreement to restructure two thirds of $170 Ml debt of Kyrgyzstan to Russia was reached. The Kyrgyz finance minister Bolot Abdildaev and the deputy finance minister of Russia, Sergey Kolotukhin signed the document, which delays repayment for 20 years. Some Russian newspapers wrote on Friday that the debt of Kyrgyzstan could be liquidated in exchange for the rent of the Kant military air base to Russia.
The agreement was reached during Russian president V. Putin's one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan on Thursday. On his way back, two Russian planes, which were escorting Putin's plane, made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Interfax reported that the fault was in low quality of fuel. According to Kyrgyzinfo news agency, fuel was supplied by Manas International Service. On Friday, Russian investigators were expected to arrive in Bishkek.