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Kyrgyz-Russian JV set up to supply jet fuel to U.S. airbase

RIA Novosti

17:08 18/02/2011 BISHKEK, February 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Kyrgyzstan on Friday set up a joint venture to supply jet fuel to a U.S. military airbase outside the capital, Bishkek.

The venture, Gazpromneft-Aero-Kyrgyzstan, was established by Kyrgyzstan's Manas state-controlled fuel supply company and Russia's Gazpromneft-Aero.

In early February, Kyrgyzstan and the United States signed an agreement on jet fuel supplies to the U.S. airbase, replacing previous deals with a more transparent system.

The Manas base, officially known as Manas Transit Center, located at Kyrgyzstan's main civilian airport outside the capital Bishkek, is a vital transit point for the U.S.-led military operations in Afghanistan.

The base was opened in December 2001 and has hosted forces from several other countries serving in the International Security Assistance Force.

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