Decision to close Gabala radar station is natural - expert

The decision to close Russian radar station in Gabala, Azerbaijan, is quite natural, the head of the Center for Social and Political Research, Vladimir Yevseyev, told VK.

"The fact that the rent was increased from $7 million to $300 million has just sped up the inevitable," the expert said.

The whole story reflects some kind of tension between Russia and Azerbaijan, he believes. Azerbaijan probably increased the rent in order to force Russia to change its position on the Karabakh conflict in favour of Azerbaijan, Yevseyev supposed.

However, Russia is not really interested in the Gabala station so much, as it has a radar station in Armavir, the expert said.