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02.08.2013 11:42

Azerbaijan and Russia to sign agreement on handover of Gabala radar station in near future

Russian servicemen and movable property have already been withdrawn from Gabala radar station

Baku. Rashad Suleymanov APA. Azerbaijan and Russia will sign an agreement on the handover of Gabala radar station in the near future, APA reports quoting military sources.

Russian servicemen have already been withdrawn from Gabala radar station. All movable property of the military facility have been sent to Russia by railway. Russian troops leaving the country were accompanied by servicemen of the Internal Troops till the state border.

High-ranking delegation of Russia will visit Azerbaijan (in the middle of August) to sign an agreement on the handover.

Currently, the station is controlled by the Azerbaijani servicemen.

Azerbaijan set up commission to determine the property of Gabala radar station in November 2012. Russia suspended the stations exploitation in December 2012, because Azerbaijan increased the lease payment. Azerbaijan demanded $300 million lease payment from Russia for the station.

The agreement on The status, principles and terms of Gabala RLS between the Azerbaijani Government and Russian Government was signed in 2002. Russia suspended the stations exploitation on December 10, 2012. Gabala RLS, established in 1984 as a missile defense system of the USSR, possesses the ability to take launch of ballistic missiles over the Indian Ocean - 6000 km radius under its control. Azerbaijan received USD 7 mln tenancy payment from Russia for the exploitation of this station.

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