Russia, U.S., Azerbaijan to start talks on joint use of radar station
( People's Daily Online ) - Russia, the United States and Azerbaijan will begin consultations on the Gabala radar station in Baku in early September, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov told reporters in Baku on Tuesday.
"We are now discussing all details to define what further steps will be taken," Mamedyarov was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying, adding that the level and concrete date of talks has to be determined.
Russian president Vladimir Putin proposed to his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush at the G8 summit on June 7 that the United States jointly use with Russia the Gabala radar base in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, to replace its plan to station missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic.
Bush described the proposal as "interesting" and said the two sides had formed a working group of experts to see how they could cooperate on missile defense.