Armenia ready for Russian radar station construction on its territory
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 4 / Trend /
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan in an interview with "Kommersant" stated about readiness to discuss construction of a radar station with Russia in the country's territory.
"If our territory is of such interest, we are ready to discuss this issue. I think that there may be even preference, as Armenia is a mountainous country. Coverage can be broader," Sargsyan said.
The Gabala radar station located in north-western Azerbaijan was built in Soviet times as one of the most important elements of a missile defence system of the USSR. After Azerbaijan gained independence the radar station become the country's property and Russia continued to use it.
Previously, the Defence Ministry reported about holding negotiations with Azerbaijan to extend the lease of the Gabala radar station until 2025. The term of the lease agreement and exploitation conditions of this facility expires in December, 2012.
Russia plans to complete the construction of a new radar station Voronezh-VP in Gabala, Azerbaijan in 2019. This station will replace a radar station of previous generation Darial, General Director of Academician A.L. Mints Radio Engineering Institute Vladimir Savchenko said in an interview with RIA Novosti earlier.