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What is the purpose of your visit, Mr.Miles?   

09/02/15 07:31, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency, by Darya PODOLSKAYA

The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan will be headed by Richard M.Miles. Message about the new head of diplomatic missions was sent out by the US representation in the media.

Diplomats say that Mr. Miles will work on a temporary basis till the US Senate to approve a permanent US ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. The exact date of his arrival is not yet established, but it is expected that the new head of mission will arrive in Bishkek till the end of the month. The press service of the embassy doesn't know when and who will be appointed to this position instead of him.

It would seem that there is nothing extraordinary in the change of the next chief diplomat of Washington official. But there is slight hitch. The sudden reshuffle is confusing. The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, by the way, prefers to remain silent on this case and doesn't comment on why Washington changed candidates.

After the former US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Pamela Spratlen left for Uzbekistan, it was expected that the diplomatic mission will be headed by Sheila Gwaltney. Back in August, US President Barack Obama personally recommended senators to approve Gwaltney, as an experienced diplomat, ambassador to Bishkek. This was written by foreign media with reference to its sources in the White House. But exactly 78-year-old Miles, who was on pension, suddenly received Kyrgyz agrement.

Some information about the "newcomer". According to the official biography, Richard Miles joined the Foreign Service in 1967 and worked in Oslo, Moscow, Belgrade, Consul General in Leningrad, as well as in the US diplomatic mission in Berlin. He served as ambassador to Azerbaijan, Bulgaria. He also worked at the US Department of State in the Department for the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia and in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. In 1983-1984 scholarship of American Political Studies, Ambassador Miles worked for Senator Ernest F.Hollings (South Carolina), and in 1987-1988 studied at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

He also headed the US Embassy in Georgia since April 2002 to August 2005. Then Richard Miles retired. From April to December 2006 he served as executive director of the Center for Open World Leadership with an office in the Library of Congress. In November 2008, ambassador Miles again was invited to the Foreign Service as Chargé d'Affaires of the USA in Turkmenistan. In September 2009, he returned to Washington and retired again.

Ambassador Miles awarded many awards and certificates, including those for special services and reporting performance. In 2004 he won the prize of US State Department - for the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

By the way, those years saw the flowering of Georgian democracy under the leadership of Mikheil Saakashvili and "Rose Revolution". The American diplomat Richard Miles is called the principal author and director of the Rose Revolution. By the way, under the guarantee of Miles, as the authoritative US and Georgian newspaper wrote, the Stars and Stripes treasury allocated $1.2 billion for the change of power in Tbilisi. In April 2005, having passed the post of ambassador, Miles returned to Washington. But he continued to advise the Georgian leadership on the subject of "the right policy" agreed with the State Department. He is also credited with the development of "soft" scenario of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.

In 2008, Richard Miles, speaking to US media, outlined the position of the White House on this issue, saying that Washington calls on the opposing parties to negotiate. Thereby making it clear for the U.S. appointed President Saakashvili that the US seems not to be interested in escalating the conflict with Abkhazia and certainly isn't going to send its soldiers to fight for unification of Georgia.

And now one of the authors of color revolutions is sent to Kyrgyzstan as chargé d'affaires. Right before the spring of 2015 - the most romantic time of the year, as usual, is associated with political turmoil in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The former Foreign Minister Ednan Karabaev in the interview with 24.kg news agency noted that arrival of Richard M.Miles to Kyrgyzstan is very symbolic. According to the diplomat, today we can observe the so-called zone of instability, among the countries gravitating to the Russian Federation, including Kyrgyzstan. "America does not want to "let go" our country. But the leadership of our country finally determined its foreign policy for the first time in a long time. The country has taken the course for rapprochement with Russia. The final stage of Kyrgyzstan's accession to the Customs Union falls on May, subsequently, the accession to the Eurasian Economic Union. And this situation isn't profitable for geopolitical interests of the United States in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a kind of logistics hub in the region and remains a unique testing ground for technologies of "color revolutions" with our failed economy and haggling of the political elite. You can add to this fragile interethnic harmony in the south and instability on the border. There are enough grounds for "stirring the pot", Ednan Karabaev noted.

There is something to think about. And there is information about trip of domestic opposition to the United States. Omurbek Abdyrakhmanov and Ravshan Jenbekov don't make secret that they want to improve relations with the West, and say in the interview that Kyrgyzstan makes a mistake, becoming friends with the "Soviet authoritarian Kremlin." However, they strongly deny that Washington gives them newly printed money to "promote values of democracy" in Kyrgyzstan. "We intend to raise the issue of information field expansion for preventing one-sided coverage of events. The media outlets already public rumors that our opposition is going for the money. All those who have ever worked with America, know that it provides financial assistance only through our government. We, as true democrats, have never advocated the change of power in a revolutionary way," Omurbek Abdyrakhmanov added.

Perhaps it's true. Just something tells that when the representatives of political opposition go to pay homage to the "big brother", the country is covered with the acme of political turmoil. And we can't manage the situation without advisers from other embassies. They are the "eyes" and "ears" of the world centrifugal forces. As a rule, the head of diplomatic mission is given the role of a guide in the forced-voluntary creation of society within Democratic canons by hands of constantly disgruntled opposition. It seems that exactly Richard Miles has to play this role. It seems, after all, that Washington was right when it "reversed opinion" to send Sheila Gwaltney to Bishkek in the last moment.

The year of 2015 - critical one. The fifth anniversary of the events of April, the parliamentary elections and accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the EEU. Considering the fact that now the United States and Russia are in a state of undeclared "cold war", generated by the Ukrainian crisis, then it is obviously unprofitable for the US to lose Kyrgyzstan, located in no less strategic region.

It's expensive to conduct the same policy of banal outbid representatives of domestic beau monde. Moreover, concerning Kyrgyzstan, the practice shows that one who not just offers more, but gives more, becomes friends with our country. Therefore, there one way to keep leverage - to continue massive attack on immature minds through their mouthpieces (West fans and opponents of integration of the former Soviet Union), ambassadorial shirt-sleeve meetings, generous feeding of NGOs and local aboriginal excursions through the inviting party to the Statue of Liberty.

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