The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, who is on a working visit to Washington, stated in his interview with ITAR-TASS that the USA had not requested for a mobile radar be placed in the territory of Azerbaijan which may be a component of the American anti-missile defense system. "We have not received such a proposal," he said.
In addition, the Minister said that according to Azerbaijan's legislation, foreign bases and objects are not permitted to be placed in this Country. "For instance, the radio radar station used by Russia is the property of Azerbaijan and has been rented to Russia," Mammadyarov said, adding that all equipment in this station is also owned by Azerbaijan. "Should anyone wish to install mobile radar in the territory of Azerbaijan, it will automatically become the property of Azerbaijan," he stated.
The Head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Lieutenant General, Henry Oberyng, stated at the press conference in Brussels on 1 March, that the Pentagon wishes to possess mobile radar in the Caucasus within anti-missile defense. "We would like to place radars in this region," he said, although he did not mention any specific country.
The military experts then proposed that it could be placed in Georgia or Azerbaijan. However, during his working visit to Washington, the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Nino Burdjanadze, said that to date Tbilisi had not received such a proposal.