Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 9 Issue: 133
By: Richard Rousseau, Jamestown Foundation, July 13, 2012
abala radar station (Daryal-type radar station), built by the Soviet Union in 1984 to monitor missile launches at distances as far as 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) away. This remains Russia’s only military presence in Azerbaijan. The radar station, however, is outdated and no longer serves much military value for Russia, especially since a Voronezh-type early warning stations became operational in 2009 near Armavir in Krasnodar Krai.
Moscow and Baku are currently negotiating the terms of a lease extension for the Gabala radar station. To Russia’s surprise – and dismay – Azerbaijani authorities are now asking Russia to pay $300 million a year instead of the seven million dollars a year previously paid (Trend, June 20). (more) http://ow.ly/cflDw
- Bye-bye Gabala? Russia may quit Soviet-era radar (rt.com)
- Iran and Azerbaijan, Wary Neighbors, Find Less to Agree On (nytimes.com)
- On Missile Defense, Russian Paranoia Trumps Reality (heritage.org)
- Clinton visits Azerbaijan amid clashes (bigpondnews.com)