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Russia intends to prolong its rent of the Gabala early warning anti-ballistic missile radar in Azerbaijan, and does not exclude US participation in maintaining the facility, said Russian FM Sergey Lavrov.
Earlier on there was room for discussion whether NATO was airing the question of using the Gabala radar once Russia's lease of the defense facility finishes in 2012.
The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Azerbaijan put an end to all speculations.
"I can assure you that Russia is interested in this. Naturally, we are interested in cooperating with Azerbaijan on the use of the Gabala radar station, and we will certainly seek to translate this interest into reality through agreements with our Azeri partners," Lavrov said.
His counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov said after talks with Lavrov that the lease of Gabala station to any country but Russia "is not on the agenda".
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Yeah, this has been bouncing around for a while. I wish I still had my precious links :( I had an article from when the US was just gearing up its campaign to place the interceptor/radar combo in Europe where the Russians had mentioned this.
However, some further mention of it is always refreshing!