Russia claims deal on rent-free military base in Tajikistan — RT

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Tajikistan

A senior Russian Army officer says Tajikistan has accepted a proposal from Moscow to extend the free rental of a military base for another 49 years.

The talks on the fate of Russia’s 201st military base “are rather active,” Russian Ground Troops Commander Vladimir Chirkin said on Tuesday. “I think that soon we will achieve results that will be advantageous for both sides,” he added, according to ITAR-TASS.

The proposal is that things would stay the same with Russia not paying for its use as the facility, in cooperation with the Tajik Army, provides the republic’s security, Chirkin pointed out. In addition, Russia supplies Tajikistan with modern weapons and military hardware.

Officials in the capital Dushanbe consider the deal “acceptable in total” and are set to do their utmost to speed up the approval, the Russian military chief said.

However, the Tajik Foreign Ministry has denied the Russian general’s statement as “groundless,” reported Radio Free Europe, citing an unnamed official.

via Russia claims deal on rent-free military base in Tajikistan — RT.

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