Fearful that US failure there could unleash the Taliban and other Islamist insurgencies, Russia may help NATO open a supply line through former Soviet territory.
But Pentagon officials say Kyrgyzstan's move to close a supply route won't impede operations in Afghanistan.
US rebuilds ties with Central Asian nation to secure new military supply routes.
The attack highlights the need for alternative routes.
Europeans, who have long pushed to close the controversial facility, are hesitant to take some of its inmates.
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President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that Russia is 'a nation to be reckoned with.'