Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr I. Alizadeh / The proposal of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on joint exploitation of Azerbaijani Gabala Radar Station by Russia and the United States was discussed at the special session of Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani parliament) on 16 June.
The chairman of the 'Great Establishment' opposition party, Fazil Gazanfaroghlu, stated that Putin had made the proposal to the United States without informing Azerbaijan about that. According to Gazanfaroghlu, the occasion lays the grounds for a trend negative for Azerbaijan. He urged that Azerbaijan should officially voice its position in this connection.
According to a member of the Musavat deputy group, Panah Huseyn, the parliament should be informed of the discussions on Russian's Presidents proposal on joint exploitation of the Radar Station. He said that Milli Majlis has the right to voice its position on the occasion. "Although the Gabala Radar Station is called an information-analytical one, the station is operating as Russian military base in Azerbaijan," Huseyn added.
The Speaker, Ogtay Asadov, voiced his discontent with the speech of Panah. "The radar station has not been given to the United States for exploitation. The country has not replied to Russia's proposal yet. Putin stated that he had consulted with Azerbaijan on the matter. Possibility of trilateral discussions was noted during the consultations," the Speaker said. Asadov stressed that the Gabala Radar Station was not operating as a military base.
Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Ziyafat Askarov, noted that the station was the property of Azerbaijan and nobody had the right to use it without Azerbaijan's content. "The station is not a military base. President Ilham Aliyev, stated that if the Gabala Radar Station was given into joint exploitation of the two countries, the purpose of the station would not change," Askarov noted.