Without Permission from Azerbaijan, Russia Prohibited from Utilizing Gabala Radio Radar Station Jointly with Another Country : Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Agayeva / The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, briefed the media on 21 May in Baku that without permission from Azerbaijan, Russia is prohibited from utilizing Gabala Radio Radar Station jointly with any other country.
According to him, this issue was discussed on 21 May during negotiations with the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, within his visit to Azerbaijan. "The Russian Minister ensured that if similar negotiations are held, Azerbaijan would be informed immediately," the Minister said. We will express our position after studying the issue, he added. The Ambassador of Russia to Azerbaijan, Vasily Istratov, stated at a press conference on 15 May that Russia may consider the issue of jointly using Gabala Radio Radar Station with the USA. " USA has repeatedly demonstrated its interest in receiving information from these and other radar stations owned by Russia, including Gabala station leased by Russia in Azerbaijan," the Ambassador said. With regards to the firm response from Russia, the diplomat said that everything depends upon the proposal by USA. At present the Ambassador believes that it is possible to come to an agreement.
Russia leases Gabala Radio Radar Station in Azerbaijan. The station is part of the Russian system for tracking movement from ballistic missiles. The station had been constructed during the power of former Soviet Union as one of the significant elements of the anti-missile systems of the USSR. After Azerbaijan regained its independence and owned the station, Russia offered to use it. A ten-year agreement to rent the station was signed only in 2002.