Putin: Russian base in Tajikistan accord implementation to start shortly

The implementation of the agreement on the Russian military base's presence in Tajikistan will begin shortly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after his negotiations with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

The implementation of the agreement on the Russian military base's presence in Tajikistan will begin shortly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after his negotiations with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

"Russia has completed the relevant formalities, and Tajikistan will soon do the same. We have a general understanding that the implementation of this important document may begin in the near future," he said.

Putin said they had had a detailed discussion on the execution of the accords that were reached during his visit to Dushanbe last October and highlighted the coming into effect of the agreement, which extended the permissible period of the presence of the Russian military base in Tajikistan.

He noted that the base was the largest formation of Russian forces deployed outside of the national borders.

Rahmon promised that the Tajik parliament would ratify the document in the fall of 2013.

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