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Tajikistan Wants $250M for Russian Base, Report Says

MT/Nasa201st Russian military base facility locations in Dushanbe, Qurghonteppa, and Kulob.

Tajikistan authorities want Moscow topay $250 million a year to keepa Russian military base ontheir territory, anews report said Thursday.

Kommersant cited aTajik source close tothe negotiations process as saying Dushanbe wanted that amount of money in annual rent for the base. Under thecurrent agreement, Russia renders Tajikistan military andtechnical assistance but does not pay forthe base.

The201st Russian military base has operated inTajikistan since 2004 andis Russia's largest foreign base, with as many as 7,000 military personnel stationed there.

Representatives ofthe Defense Ministry told the business daily that they still hadn't received any Tajik proposal forthe terms ofextending thecurrent agreement, which is set toexpire in2014, andwould not confirm or deny any concrete numbers.

Thecommander ofRussian Ground Forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Chirkin, said Dushanbe had made more than 20 demands that were unacceptable toMoscow, including cutting therent period from49 to10 years, RIA-Novosti reported.

Thenew deal forthe base was supposed tohave been concluded inthe first quarter of2012, but negotiations were not completed onschedule.

Kyrgyz authorities onWednesday told Moscow that they wanted toraise rent prices forthree ofRussia's bases ontheir territory andreceive cash payments inlieu ofthe previous arrangement oftraining Kyrgyz military personnel.