BAKU: Sergei Ivanov Says Gabala Station Will Serve Only To Russia

Sergei Ivanov Says Gabala Station Will Serve Only To Russia

Baku Today
21/05/2004 16:27

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Thursday denied rumors
that his government was planning to allow the United States to use
its Gabala radar station that is located in Azerbaijan.

“I don’t foresee that. Even if I had a rich imagination, I couldn’t
foresee that,” Ivanov told reporters in Yerevan, according to the
Associated Press. “This station is for the sole use of the Russian

Russia’s Interfax new agency quoted Ivanov as saying that the Gabala
radar station could only work for the interests of the space forces
of his country.

Put into operation in 1988, the Gabala radar stating was aimed to
monitor jets and missiles in the Southern Hemisphere.

The former Soviet Union had nine such radar stations, the Gabala
station and the station at Mukachevo in Ukraine being the last to
be constructed.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in late 1991, Azerbaijan allowed
Russia to continue using the station.

The Defense Minister Ivanov expressed satisfaction with the state of
military cooperation between Russia and Armenia.

Itar-Tass quoted Ivanov as saying that relations between the two
countries in the field of defense and security have been improving
dynamically and steadily and that there have been no major problems
between them.

He mentioned that 600 Armenian cadets were currently studying in
Russian higher military schools.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS