Staying the Russian military base in Tajikistan until 2042 will meet the strategic interests of the two countries and ensure security in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today, RIA Novosti reported.
Moscow and Dushanbe have agreed to extend the stay of the Russian military base in Tajikistan. A relevant agreement was signed on Friday following the talks the two presidents.
"The reliable protection of our common strategic interests, enhancing the security and stabilization of the situation in Central Asian region will be ensured," president Putin said following the talks with Tajik counterpart.
Putin said that Russia is considering participation in the construction of hydropower facilities on Tajik internal rivers.
"We consider the possibility of implementing the projects to build electric power plants of medium and low power on Tajik internal rivers," he said.
Putin added that the issue has been repeatedly discussed at the request of the Tajik side.