Kyrgyzstan aid: US and Russia to coordinate

Kyrgyzstan aid will be a coordinated effort from the US and Russia, President Obama has announced.

Sergei Grits/AP
Kyrgyzstan aid is handed out under a Soviet-era staue of Lenin on a central square in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, on June 22.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. and Russia have agreed to coordinate on humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan's president was driven from power in April amid corruption allegations. The violence that erupted after his ouster has left about 2,000 people dead and 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks homeless.

Kyrgyzstan's security agency claims relatives of the toppled president have worked with the Taliban and other Islamic militant movements to provoke the violence.

Obama made the announcement during a joint White House news conference Thursday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.


of stories this month > Get unlimited stories
You've read of 5 free stories

Only $1 for your first month.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism.