Russian FM: Gabala radar station lease issue no longer to be discussed

Azerbaijan Materials 23 January 2013 12:22 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.23 / Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva /

The issue of Gabala radar station lease will be no longer discussed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Moscow.

"Our Azerbaijani friends decided not to give in, and we considered the price too high," he said.

The Gabala radar station located in north-west Azerbaijan was built during the Soviet period as one of the most important elements of the USSR's missile defense system. After Azerbaijan gained independence, the radar station became the country's property and Russia continued to use it.

Previously, the defense ministry reported that it was holding negotiations with Azerbaijan to extend the lease of the Gabala radar station until 2025.