Lower chamber of Tajik parliament ratifies Russian military base accord

The lower chamber of the Tajik parliament has ratified an agreement regulating the presence of Russia's 201st military base in Tajikistan for the period up to 2042.

The lower chamber of the Tajik parliament has ratified an agreement regulating the presence of Russia's 201st military base in Tajikistan for the period up to 2042.

The Russian military base deployed on Tajik territory will further help maintain stability and security in the region, Tajikistan's Defense Minister Sherali Khairulloyev said in parliament on Tuesday.

"The ratification of the agreement on the presence of the Russian military base in Tajikistan meets the principles of strategic partnership and will contribute to stability in the Central Asian region and security in all of Tajikistan," he said.

The document was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon on October 5, 2012.

The Russian base has about 6,000 servicemen stationed in three garrisons near Dushanbe, Kulyab and Kurgan-Tyube. This is the largest Russian military base outside of its national territory.

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