With Edwards relocating to Central Asia experts warn of inevitable instability in Kyrgyzstan. This would benefit the US and hinder China's economic expansion to the east. What’s more, this move infuriates Russia, which does not need a hotbed of instability at its southern borders. After all, there is no guarantee that the flames of unrest would not spread from Kyrgyzstan to the neighboring countries.
rferl.org -- Kyrgyz opposition politician and former presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov has called efforts to impound the property of his television channel in Bishkek a "seizure by raid."
EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Director of a department overseeing ties with Central Asian countries Luc Devigne, held talks with Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Emil Kaikiev, on 19 December, EU officials announced.
rferl.org: BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan says it plans to withdraw a complaint it filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Kazakhstan’s moves to step up controls on the border, which preceded a two-month bottleneck.
For the past almost month and a half the Kazakhstani-Kyrgyz border has been under stiffened control by the Kazakhstani officials. Thousands and thousands of businesses have suffered financial losses due to the measures undertaken by Kazakhstan in response to the uncontrolled stream of contraband products from the neighbor. The polemic has been heightening between the, now former President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev and Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev. However, with the new Kyrgyz resident elected, the two brotherly nations could finally see the situation at the border ease as both presidents agreed to work on the issue in Minsk at the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) meeting on 30 November.
Kyrgyzstan's new president has been inaugurated in the capital, Bishkek, in a first peaceful transfer of power between elected presidents in the region.
Jumaboi Sanginov, former deputy head of the Sugdiisky region and a member of the intergovernmental commission for the delimitation and demarcation of the state border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, said the last statement of outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev were quite “inappropriate.”
“Atambayev's yet another hysterical statement with dirty attacks on Kazakhstan only contradict to the relations of true good-neighborliness. Such emotions have no place in big politics. Blockading Kyrgyzstan is out of the question. It is necessary to comply with the standards and requirements of the EAEU.”
Millions of Kyrgyz and Uzbek citizens are enjoying the improved relationship between their countries after years of frozen diplomacy.
The former MP of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) and former presidential runner-up Omurbek Babanov stepped down as faction leader of the Respublica-Ata-Jurt party.