Qabala radar outcome



Azerbaijan do not depend on the Qabala Radiolocation Station"

By Vestnik Kavkaza

Yesterday, the official representative of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Alexander Lukashevich confirmed closing of the Qabala Radiolocation Station in Azerbaijan. "Due to the expiration of the term of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Azerbaijani Republic on the Status, Principles, and Conditions of Using the Qabala Radiolocation Station on December 9, 2012, the Russian side stopped exploitation of the station on December 10th. The Russian embassy in Baku sent a correspondent note to the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan," he said.

Commenting of the situation over the radiolocation station in Qabala for Vestnik Kavkaza, the president of the Union of Consulting, Analysis, and PR Companies, Islamil Agakishiyev, noted: "It is well-known that the RLS in Qabala which was constructed in the Soviet period is old. When Russia proposed America to use the facility together instead of establishing the US missile defense system several years ago, Washington found the proposal "not technological." The Azerbaijani side as the owner of the RLS (Russia rented the station) treated positively the idea, trying to prevent confrontation between great powers in the region. The strategy is aimed at the regional cooperation and was formulated by Heydar Aliyev in 1993. The same political line continues today, being improved by numerous economic projects implemented by various countries, including Russia, in Azerbaijan."

According to the expert, talks that ceasing exploitation of the Qabala RLS by Russia can lead to worsening of relations with Azerbaijan have no grounds. "Along with the fact that the station's equipment is old, Russia has established an alternative with a more effective RLS in Armavir. The new station is able to replace the Azerbaijani facility completely and adequately provide security of Russia at a higher technological level," Ismail Agakishiyev said. The press secretary of Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, said about this: "Russia has potential to compensate not using the Qabala radiolocation station in Azerbaijan." Pesknov stated that "it is up to experts to close it or not, but all necessary measures for Russia's security - technological and infrastructural - have been taken."

"The point is that during the period from 1991 to the present days Azerbaijan have been helping Russia to provide protection of its south borders from a possible missile attack for a symbolic price. It should be noted that the Azerbaijani analogue of the RLS in the Baltic Region, in Skrunda was closed right after the dissolution of the USSR, the RLS was exploded. We shouldn't forget this. Baku confirms its devotion to the strategic partnership with Russia. As a reliable partner Azerbaijan waited for Russia builds a new modern RLS which could replace the Qabala station. Working of the Qabala RLS is topped ahead of launching a new station in January 2013. Doesn't it mean a mutual decision on closing the Qabala RLS?" Islamil Agakishiyev states.

He is sure that nobody in Azerbaijan wants to reject the course for strategic partnership with Russia: "Economic cooperation between the countries is growing. It is confirmed by volumes of trade turnover and the increasing number of contacts in humanitarian and social spheres, many other examples of personal contacts between people from two countries."

Commenting on importance of the region where the station is located for Azerbaijan, the expert emphasized that Qabala is a special place. "Today along with agriculture the sphere of tourism is developing here. Many high-class hotels have been built in beautiful mountains, a mountain skiing cluster is being constructed, the modern international airport is functioning, which requires an inflow of hundred thousand tourists. It is notable that the first international flight to Qabala was made from Russia. Russians come here, to Azerbaijani Switzerland, as conditions for rest and cultural entertainments are provided for them. For four years Qabala holds the international music festival where the best symphonic orchestras of the world perform, the best singers of Russia and other countries. Economy of Qabala is developed by industrial enterprises - production of juices, milk products, a factory producing pianos. There are many examples of positive development."

"It is no secret that Azerbaijan buys Russian armament for providing its security. One of functions of any state is protection of its citizens and borders, and in this sense Russia helps Azerbaijan. Moreover, there are high-tech projects in various spheres between two countries. We will soon see their implementation. The projects will bring million revenues to people of Russia and Azerbaijan," Agakishiyev concludes.

155 views


More Russian news

Is the era of cheap oil coming to an end?

Is the era of cheap oil coming to an end?

There is no cheap oil in the world any more, the vice-president and spokesman of Rosneft, Mikhail Leontiev, said today. That is why the current decline in oil prices will only be short-term. Leontiev also ...

Russia celebrates Day of Christianization of Russia and 1000th anniversary of Duke Vladimir's death

Russia celebrates Day of Christianization of Russia and 1000th anniversary of Duke Vladimir's death

Today Russia celebrates an important national holiday – the Day of the Christianization of Russia, this date coincides with the 1000th anniversary of the death of Duke Vladimir . The International Festival of Slavic Art ...

State Duma proposes imposing limit on foreign food in Russian restaurants

State Duma proposes imposing limit on foreign food in Russian restaurants

A State Duma Deputy from the Communist Party, Vadim Solovyov, has proposed preparing a draft law for restaurants, not specializing in national cuisine, to have at least 50% of traditional Russian cuisine on their menu. "We must pay ...

Russia and Kyrgyzstan develop innovative and technological cooperation

Russia and Kyrgyzstan develop innovative and technological cooperation

Russian companies will help Kyrgyz enterprises in the implementation of the latest technologies, the ministry of economy of Kyrgyzstan said. According to the press service of the Ministry, the country developed a plan for the …

Moscow sends draft agreement on first Turkish Stream line to Ankara

Moscow sends draft agreement on first Turkish Stream line to Ankara

The Russian Energy Ministry has sent a draft intergovernmental agreement on the first thread of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project to Ankara, a source in the Ministry said. The first line of the Turkish Stream pipeline is aimed ...

Hearty Russian weekend

Hearty Russian weekend

The Fourth Inter-regional Festival of Slavic Art ‘Russian Field’ took place in the museum park of Tsaritsyno on July 26th. Delegations from 38 regions of Russia participated in it. More than 250 masters of traditional crafts …

Reuters: "Today ambassadors of NATO countries will gather at an emergency meeting"

Reuters: "Today ambassadors of NATO countries will gather at an emergency meeting"

The meeting is initiated by Turkey which is afraid of a negative scenario due to the activity of Islamic State

Dollar reaches 60 rubles

Dollar reaches 60 rubles

The value of the ruble continues to fall on the Moscow exchange.  As of 10:10 am, the dollar increased by 0.42 rubles and was worth 60.07 rubles, the euro rose 0.27 rubles and was worth 66.44 rubles. …

Ulyukayev: Kazakhstan's accession to WTO accompanied by problems

Ulyukayev: Kazakhstan's accession to WTO accompanied by problems

Kazakhstan joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) involves some risks, since the level of tariff protection will be lower than the common customs tariff of the EEU, Russian Minister for Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev ...

Government commission on development of Crimea and Sevastopol created

Government commission on development of Crimea and Sevastopol created

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree "On the formation of the Government Commission on the Socio-Economic Development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol." "The Commission is a coordinating body …

more Russian news