Tajikistan Wants Russia To Pay For Military Bases

Posted: April 25, 2012 in History, International, Language, Law, Politics, Region, Relations, Resources, Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s ambassador to Russia says his country expects Russia to pay rent for bases it uses on Tajik territory.

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Tajik Service, Ambassador Abdulmajid Dostiev said the two countries were preparing to extend Russia’s use of three bases in Tajikistan for another 49 years.

Dostiev indicated that one of the obstacles to signing the agreement is Tajikistan’s insistence that Russia pay rent for use of bases in Dushanbe, Korgon-Teppe, and Kulob.

“Speaking not as an ambassador but as a citizen of Tajikistan, no one in the world today intends to give up a small plot of their land for nothing,” Dostiev said when asked about media reports suggesting the Tajik side was asking for $300 million. “And our country should keep this in mind, whether there should be payment of some $300 million or compensation through providing military-technical aid. Today, nobody will say thank you to those who give up their land for free to others.”

Dostiev said that even 10 percent of the reported $300 million would be acceptable.

Russia currently doesn’t pay any rent for the use of bases in Tajikistan.

Russia’s 201st Division has been stationed in the country since just after the end of World War II. The unit remained in Tajikistan after the collapse of the Soviet Union, mainly providing support for Russian border guards along the 1,344-kilometer Tajik-Afghan frontier but also guarding vital strategic facilities in Tajikistan during the country’s 1992-1997 civil war.

Dostiev said times now are different.

via Tajikistan Wants Russia To Pay Rent For Military Bases.

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