Straight talking by the US over Kyrgyzstan reported in The Guardian

...Otunbayeva, who served in London as Kyrgyzstan's ambassador between 1997-2002, said her new opposition-led government would allow the US to continue using the Manas airbase, near Bishkek, a vital supply post for the US military moving in and out of nearby Afghanistan. "We will respect our existing commitments," she said, adding she hadn't seen the contract.

The base is a source of tension with Russia, which regards Central Asia as its backyard, and would like the Americans to leave. Bakiyev fell out with the Kremlin last year after promising to evict the US from Manas in return for large loans, only to renege on the deal when the Obama administration offered to substantially up the rent.

Otunbayeva, however, hinted that the new government sees Russia as its most important strategic partner. She said she had sent her deputy Almazbek Atambayev to Moscow to hold talks with Vladimir Putin, and to discuss economic aid. "I had a talk with Mr Putin. He was very keen to learn what was going on in Kyrgyzstan and whether we had control in the south," she said.

She denied that the Russians had instigated Wednesday's uprising. Putin has quickly recognised the new regime. "I met with the Russian ambassador two or three weeks before the revolution but I also met with the US, EU and Chinese ambassadors too," she said.

The US also dismissed rumours of Russian plotting. Michael McFaul, Obama's senior director for Russian affairs, said: "The people that are allegedly running Kyrgyzstan ... these are all people we've had contact with for many years," McFaul said. "This is not some anti-American coup, that we know for sure. And this is not some sponsored-by-the-Russians coup, there's just no evidence of that."

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