15:57 03.09.2016

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan tighten border security

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Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan tighten border security

Uzbekistan has increased the number of troops and military hardware on its border with Kyrgyzstan, a source from the Kyrgyz State Border Service told Interfax on Saturday.

"It's true that Uzbekistan has increased the number of servicemen on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. Military fighting vehicles have been deployed, and military helicopters have been flying from time to time. We have taken note of this and are ready to react appropriately if need be," he said.

"We have also tightened border security. There are no reasons to worry, we stand ready for any changes and complications in the situation on our state border," the source said.

Residents of the Ala-Buka district in the Jalal-Abad region in southern Kyrgyzstan told Interfax that they "noticed an increase in the number of Uzbek troops and military hardware at the Orto-Tokoy Reservoir checkpoint last evening."

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