Asked about the $1 billion Russian military aid package,, Omuraliyev didn't specify exactly what sort of equipment would be given, but said the priority would be in getting equipment that would work together as a system. "For example, there is a need for an air surveillance system, ground surveillance, special operations battle management systems that all make up a single complex and together complement one another," he said. "I can't now say exactly how many tanks, airplanes or helicopters we will get, but I can verify that they will be weapons systems which allow us to significantly strengthen our military capabilities. And he added that the equipment may not be straight off the production line: "We should remember that 'new' could also mean equipment produced earlier but kept in warehouses... which still fulfill current requirements."
Asked about the possibility of conflict with Uzbekistan, which is (the interviewer said) getting leftover equipment from Afghanistan from NATO, Omuraliyev downplayed the potential for conflict: "In my view, there won't be any sort of confrontation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Our governments are civilized, we know what the results of an armed conflict would be. Of course, there are certain unresolved problems, but our goal is to resolve them without allowing a third party exploiting them. Those could be terrorist or separatist groups, or even other countries. But we have to be ready for those risks."
And asked about India, Omuraliyev seemed very enthusiastic about the prospects of military cooperation. "Many are skeptical, thinking that Kyrgyzstan and India can't have mutual interests in military relations.... But we have had a very close partnership in the defense sphere." He specified foreign language (presumably English) training, military medicine and preparing for United Nations peacekeeping missions as specific areas of cooperation.