Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Agayeva / The issue of jointly using the Azerbaijani-based Gabala Radar Station will be discussed on 12-13 October in Moscow at the meeting of the Foreign and Defense Ministers of Russia and the USA.
Within the framework of the G-8 summit on 7 June 2007, Russian President, Vladimir Putin offered the US joint exploitation of the Gabala Radar Station. He noted the advantage of deploying the Anti-Missile Defense (AMD) elements in Azerbaijan rather in Poland and the Czech Republic.
The Russian Armed Forces use the Daryal Radar Station situated in the territory of Azerbaijan on the basis of an agreement reached between both countries on 25 January 2002. In compliance with the agreement the station is considered Azerbaijani property. The fee for leasing the station is $7mln per year.
The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and Defense Minister, Robert Gates, will hold talks with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, in Moscow with regards to strategic security.
"The discussions will be concentrated in the ranks of mutually interesting issues regarding security, including cooperation in the missile defense sphere," it is quoted in the formerly made statement of Department of State.
The experts of the two countries, together with their Azerbaijani counterparts, arrived in Gabala to become familiarized with the situation of the Station.
"Based on our recent bilateral discussions on a missile defense system with Russia in Washington and Paris, we believe that there is the possibility to cooperate to prevent the existing and growing threats of ballistic missiles," said the Deputy Director of the US Missile Defense Ministry, Brigadier General, Patrick O'Reilly in a briefing as a result of a visit of US, Russian, and Azerbaijani experts to the Gabala Radar Station in Azerbaijan.