Moscow and Baku will discuss the Gabala radar station
Today negotiations between Russia and Azerbaijan on the extension of lease the Gabala radar station (RLS) will begin in Baku. According to Trend referring to the Office of Press and Information Ministry of Defense of Russia, an interagency delegation to this country at the negotiations will be headed by the Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Anatoly Antonov. Negotiations will continue till December 15.
In November this year the head of the Russian Defense Ministry Anatoly Serdyukov said that Russia plans to completely rebuild the Gabala radar station, as well as to reduce the amount of territory, leased for the needs of the station.
Gabala radar station in the north-west of Azerbaijan era was one of the key elements of a missile defense system of the USSR. After Azerbaijan got independence and transfer of the RLS into ownership of this country, ten-year agreement to lease the station was signed between Russia and Azerbaijan in 2002.
Currently, using the Gabala radar station Russia controls the air space to prevent the possible launch of ballistic missiles from Iran, Pakistan and India.