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[20.05.23] Czechs To Give Military Material To Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev told his government on 19 May that the Czech Republic has offered to give Kyrgyzstan Soviet-era military equipment free of charge
 
Since joining NATO, the Czechs no longer need the equipment, Tanaev said. Specifically, the Czechs have offered trucks, radio equipment, earthmovers, cranes, and pontoons free of charge.
 
Tanaev was quoted as saying the Kyrgyz are especially eager to obtain the pontoons for use in parts of southern Kyrgyzstan where recent natural disasters have destroyed bridges. Kyrgyz Defense Minister Colonel General Esen Topoev is planning a visit to the Czech Republic to discuss the handover of the equipment, according to the report. Tanaev reportedly told the government on 19 May that Ukraine has also agreed to supply military equipment to Kyrgyzstan.
 
Centralasianews.net, May 20, 2003

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