Vladimir Putin prime minister.

Russia agreed on Thursday to write off nearly $500 million in debt due from Kyrgyzstan in exchange for a package of deals that will extend Moscow’s military and energy footprints on the volatile fringes of the former Soviet Union.

As Kyrgyzstan confirmed plans to close a U.S. base used to fly troops in and out of Afghanistan after Washington’s lease expires in 2014, President Vladimir Putin secured a 15-year extension to Russia’s lease on its own base in the country.

(via. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/putin-makes-dam-deals-in-kyrgyzstan-writes-off-500m-debt/468509.html)