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India, Russia may share Tajik airbase
December 06, 2005 20:24 IST
India and Russia are likely to share the Aini airbase in Tajikistan, which is being modernised by Indian Air Force technical personnel. "Russia is interested in stationing its helicopter gunships and air force squadrons at Aini airbase.
Talks are underway with the government of Tajikistan," Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov in Moscow said Monday night after his meeting with Indian National Security Advisor M K Narayanan.
Under an agreement with the government of Tajikistan, Indian Air Force is modernising the Aini airbase near the Tajik capital Dushanbe. Diplomatic sources declined to elaborate on Ivanov's statement, although they confirmed that Ivanov had parleys with NSA, who is accompanying the Prime Minister on a three-day visit.
India was reconstructing and modernising the Aini airbase as part of "aid" to Tajikistan, they said adding the project was taken up at the time when India could not overfly Taliban-held Afghanistan.