Russia’s Ministry of Defence has agreed to transfer ownership of extensive parts of its 201st Military Base infrastructure in Tajikistan to the host country, the Izvestiya newspaper reported on 26 March.
In particular, Moscow is to gift the garrisons at Kulob and Bokhtar (previously known as Kurganteppa) in Tajikistan’s southwestern Khatlon Region, according to the paper. Russian troops relocated from Kulob garrison in 2015.
If the transfer does not go ahead, Moscow has agreed to pay RUB6 billion (USD91.7 million) in yearly leases. The 201st is Russiaʼs largest military base infrastructure abroad, housing up to 7,500 Russian troops and civilians, 100 main battle tanks, 300 infantry fighting vehicles, and a number of helicopters and ground-attack aircraft.
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