Tajikistan, Russia Reportedly Agree On Base Extension | EurasiaNet.org

Posted: October 6, 2012 in Tajikistan

Tajikistan and Russia have reportedly agreed on the terms of the continued presence of Russia’s 201st Division in Tajikistan. The term of the agreement is 30 years, and Russia will continue to not pay Tajikistan for the base’s presence, CA-News has reported, citing “sources close to the negotiations” (so proceed with the appropriate amount of skepticism).

According to the report, the 30-year term was a compromise between the 10 years Tajikistan wanted and the 49 years that Russia wanted. And though Russia will still not pay cash for the base (its second largest outside its borders, behind the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Ukraine), Tajikistan will get additional in-kind aid, like additional spots in Russian military academies and “modern technology and weapons.” So if the report is true, Tajikistan failed to force Russia to pay rent for the base, as Kyrgyzstan managed earlier this year.

The deal will reportedly be officially signed during Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s trip to Tajikistan in October.

via Tajikistan, Russia Reportedly Agree On Base Extension | EurasiaNet.org.

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