Kyrgyzstan seeks Russia help in Putin meeting: report
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was due Friday to meet his Kyrgyz counterpart who is urgently seeking economic help to avert social tensions ahead of this year's elections, a newspaper report said.
Russia has been unhappy with Kyrgyzstan over a number of issues including the Central Asian nation's plans to host a US military training centre and apparent reluctance by Bishkek to sell stakes in key enterprises to Moscow, the Kommersant newspaper said.
Ahead of its sowing season, Kyrgyzstan is seeking duty-free fuel from Russia to avoid new social tensions but whether Bishkek receives any discounts will depend on what Kyrgyz premier Almazbek Atambayev has to offer in return, the report said, citing sources.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the two leader would discuss a wide range of issues including fuel and the social situation in the region, while declining to provide further details.
Kyrgyzstan is preparing for presidential elections in October, part of a transition after an uprising last year that toppled previous president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
Kommersant quoted a source as saying that Russia planned to continue helping Kyrgyzstan financially to avoid a repeat of last year's bloody clashes near its borders.
"The situation there is extremely unstable. The ruling coalition is on its last legs so it is unclear what will happen to this government in several days," the source was quoted as saying.
© 2011 AFP