Strength of Russian military base in Tajikistan expected to be reduced

01/02/2016 10:07
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, February 1, 2016, Asia-Plus – The numerical strength of the Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan is expected to be reduced.

The Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan will be reorganized into brigade this year without loss of its fighting capacity, commander of the Russian Central Military District, Colonel-General Vladimir Zarudnitskiy, was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS.

“However, its role as the outpost of the Russian federation in Central Asia and the guarantor of peace and stability in the region will remain invariable,” Russian general said.

Meanwhile, the Russian Central Military District press center says reorganization of the Russian military base in Tajikistan into brigade will reduce its numerical strength but increase its mobility.   

We will recall that a group of Finnish observers, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Kari Aho, inspect facilities and daily operations at the Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan last month.  Four Finnish officers reportedly inspect facilities and daily operations of the Russian military base in Tajikistan in line with international agreements.  The inspection was carried out in accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 agreement between 56 participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe aimed at implementing confidence- and security-building measures.  The Finnish observers visited the 201st military base, attended the base commander’s briefing and inspected the scope of the base’s daily operations that are subject to full disclosure.

The Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan is Russia's largest non-naval military facility outside the country.  It was officially opened in Tajikistan in 2004 under a previous agreement, which was signed in 1993, and hosts Russia’s largest military contingent deployed abroad.

A total of some 7,000 Russian troops are now stationed at two military facilities collectively known as the 201st military base - in Dushanbe and Qurghon Teppa, some 100 kilometers from Dushanbe.  

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