Kyrgyzstan says it is not holding any talks with Washington on allowing the US to keep its air base in the country, contradicting claims from the Pentagon.Yesterday it said America had made progress in trying to persuade the central Asian state not to close the Manas base, which supports military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In February Kyrgyzstan decided to shut the sprawling complex after securing pledges of aid and credit from Russia. Moscow regards the region as part of its sphere of influence and resents the U.S. military presence there. The base is a major hub for supplies to Afghanistan, where the US is leading the battle against a resurgent Taliban.
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