Russia Likely to Renew Lease on Azerbaijan Radar Site, Report Says

Russia is expected to renew an arrangement with Azerbaijan that allows it to locate a strategically critical radar base in the former Soviet state, an informed source told RIA Novosti on Friday.

The two nations were previously reported to be at an impasse over Azeri government demands for a drastically higher rent for the Gabala radar site, at which Russia balked.

"Now the talk is about extending the (lease) agreement for [two to three years] under the current terms, including financial terms," said the anonymous source.

Moscow presently pays $7 million for use of the Gabala site, according to earlier reports. The current lease comes to an end in December.

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces use the Gabala radar to monitor Iranian ballistic missile trials and possible missiles launched from the Indian Ocean or other southern regions.
October 2, 2012
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Russia is expected to renew an arrangement with Azerbaijan that allows it to locate a strategically critical radar base in the former Soviet state, an informed source told RIA Novosti on Friday.