Its economy in ruins after a popular revolt last week, Kyrgyzstan's interim government on Sunday awaited news of financial aid from Moscow, following talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Almazbek Atambayev, first deputy head of the interim Kyrgyz government, flew to Moscow on Thursday seeking help with the Central Asian country's disastrous finances, said interim government chief of staff Emil Kaptagayev.
Kyrgyzstan's new leaders on Friday froze the national banking system, saying deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev had pillaged the state coffers before fleeing the capital amid riots that left dozens dead and thousands injured.
"Atambayev met with Putin in Moscow. Discussions were held about the request for not just moral support for our temporary government, but also economic and financial support," Kaptagayev told AFP.
|Kyrgyz people attend mass burials at the Ata-Beyit memorial complex on the outskirts of Bishkek.|
"We are facing a deficit of oil products, a shortage of funds in the state treasury and many important government objects were damaged during the revolution," he added.
Atambayev is expected to arrive back in Bishkek on Sunday, Kaptagayev said.
Thousands of protestors clashed with police across the country during riots over corruption and rising utility prices which saw Bakiyev flee the capital and a temporary government formed under ex-foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva.
The number of dead during the unrest grew to 81 on Sunday, the Kyrgyz health ministry said in a statement, after two more people died of their wounds overnight.
But even as police said the security situation in the country was improving, the interim government was turning its attention to the financial woes which are now threatening the country's stability.
The coffers of the impoverished ex-Soviet state now hold only 986 million Kyrgyz soms (16 million euros, 22 million dollars), Otunbayeva's chief of staff Edil Baisenov told AFP on Friday.Related article: Revolution turns against Bakiyev
Putin pledged economic assistance to the former Soviet republic last week in what was perceived as a sign of warming between Moscow and Bishkek following dismal ties between the Kremlin and the Bakiyev government.
The stability of the ex-Soviet nation is also key to the United States, which has an air base there vital to its military operations in Afghanistan, and Otunbayeva spoke with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday.
Clinton telephoned Otunbayeva and urged the leadership to "renew Kyrgyzstan's path to democracy," the State Department said.
Clinton "spoke about regional security and the important role Kyrgyzstan plays in hosting the Transit Center at the Manas Airport," said spokesman P.J. Crowley.
Still, all flights carrying troops from the Manas base were suspended from Friday evening amid security concerns and the United States will instead transport forces to and from Afghanistan via Kuwait, officials said.
The interim government has accused Bakiyev -- who told AFP in an interview in southern Kyrgyz on Friday that he has no intention to resign -- of attempting to foment a civil war.