The army of these countries had to take part in the exercise
According to reports, military personnel from CSTO members – Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – and five more countries including Serbia, Syria and Uzbekistan were invited as observers. Only those countries were going to participate in this exercise, which have good relations with Russia. The maneuver was seen as Russia’s show of strength in the midst of global isolation.
Kyrgyzstan was previously part of the Soviet Union
Kyrgyzstan is a country of the former Soviet Union. Kyrgyzstan arose after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since independence, relations between Kyrgyzstan and Russia have deepened. In the recent military skirmish between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, a ceasefire was reached only after the intervention of Vladimir Putin. Kyrgyzstan has a large number of Russian-speaking people.
How are the relations between Russia and Kyrgyzstan
Russia and Kyrgyzstan are neighboring countries, whose friendship is very strong. Russia has an embassy in Bishkek and a consulate in Osh, and Kyrgyzstan has an embassy in Moscow, a consulate in Ekaterinburg, and a vice-consulate in Novosibirsk. Russian President Boris Yeltsin made his first international visit to Kyrgyzstan since being elected president in 1991.
Russian army is present in Kyrgyzstan
In 2003, Kyrgyzstan deployed the Russian Air Force to Kant Air Base east of Bishkek. On 20 September 2012, Russia and Kyrgyzstan signed an agreement allowing Russia to have a joint military base in Kyrgyzstan for 15 years beyond 2017. The agreement was signed between Vladimir Putin and Almazbek Atambayev in Bishkek. Russia has provided Kyrgyzstan with several military weapons, notably the S-300 missile system and strike drones.