The Russian military base in Tajikistan will remain until 2042

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Tajikistan Sherali and Khayrulloyev today in the presence of the two Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon signed an agreement on the status and conditions of the 201st Russian military base on the territory of the republic. They are also the Memorandum was signed by the defense departments of the two countries on cooperation in the military field.

As a presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, the agreement replaces a similar document with validity until 2014. It extends stay in Tajikistan, the Russian military for 49 years from the date of commencement of the first agreement / May 25, 1993 /, that is until 2042. After this period, the agreement stipulated the possibility of extension.

Raised and the status of the Russian base, its staff and members of military families. Now he "will be similar to the status of the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, agreed the Vienna Convention of 1961," said presidential aide. It provides immunity personnel, family members and property of the base. "This is a very high level, high status, which if not tantamount to a diplomatic, then — the second line," — said Ushakov.

The agreement stipulates the terms and rental fees for the use of facilities. "According to the new document board has not taken" — said the representative of the Kremlin. He noted that "the contradictions in the process of negotiating the document was not." "There were a Query-demand on both sides, and we came to a compromise," — he said only. "The base is needed to Tajikistan as much as we do, to ensure the security of the region", — said Ushakov.

Memorandum signed today between the defense ministries stipulates "concrete joint actions of ministries in the near future," the presidential aide said. This, in particular, comes to enhancing cooperation in the training of military personnel, as well as some other issues.

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