MOSCOW (AFP) - Nato Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Sunday urged Russia to use its influence to keep open an airbase in Kyrgyzstan used by Western forces as a link to Afghanistan, Echo of Moscow reported. "If Nato and Russia will cooperate on this question... I hope the Kyrgyz government's decision won't be final," De Hoop Scheffer said in an interview with the radio station in Munich. "I hope Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov... could help persuade the Kyrgyz president, so that Russia and Nato can cooperate in relation to Afghanistan," said De Hoop Scheffer, referring to talks with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced on February 3 in Moscow that he would close the US-run airbase outside the Kyrgyz capital.