Russia expects to continue operating Gabala Radar Station after 2012: FM
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 / Trend , E.Rustamov/
Russia expects to continue using the Gabala Radar Station in Azerbaijan after the expiration of the agreement in 2012, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Baku on March 12.
"Russia is interested in cooperating with Azerbaijan to use the Gabala Radar Station, and we will pursue this interest through an agreement with our Azerbaijani colleagues," Lavrov said after talks with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
According to Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan has no intention to transfer the Gabala Radar Station to a third country, although Russia has invited the U.S. to jointly use the station to prevent missile attacks.
"Transfering the Gabala Radar Station is not yet on the agenda," Mammadyarov said after talks with his Russian counterpart.
Russia and Azerbaijan signed a 10-year agreement to use the Gabala Radar Station in 2002. The rent for the use of the station is $7 million per year.
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