There was an understanding that India had with Tajikistan over this airfield. If India has no lien over it to some extent, then Indian money used to refurbish this disused airfield would go down the drain. US has the Manas airfield in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan and is that the reason why Russia wants exclusive use? After all, Russia claims special privilege over all ex USSR states and can these countries afford to displease Russia? If Russia gets exclusive use, then what is India's status?