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Russian airbase in Kant unaffected by unrest in Bishkek - Russian Air Force

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, April 8 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian airbase in Kant, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, is continuing to function normally, a Russian Air Force spokesman, Vladimir Drik, said on Thursday.

"The airbase is operating under a routine training schedule. There have been no incidents with Russian air garrison personnel registered. No one has been injured," Drik said.

Protests, which started in the northwestern Kyrgyz town of Talas on Tuesday, spread to other regions of the country, including the capital Bishkek. The protests, which have so far left at least 74 people dead and more than 500 injured, are continuing throughout the country.

Earlier a source in Russia's Defense Ministry said the Russian airbase was put on high alert, while the U.S. Department of State said the airbase in Kyrgyzstan's Manas, used by the United States for its operations in Afghanistan, is continuing to function normally.

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