Will India be able to gain complete access to Ayni Military Airbase (Gissar Air Base) in Tajikistan after signing the S-400 Deal with Russia? During the Cold War era, Ayni Airbase served as a major military base of the USSR, however, after their withdrawal from Afghanistan, the base’s infrastructure deteriorated significantly, but India was very keen to invest. EurAsian Times analysis the significance of Ayni Airbase to India.
Between 2002 and 2010, India spent approximately US$70 million to renovate the airbase and it was contemplated that India was keen on establishing a military base in Ayni to gain a strategic foothold in Central Asia and keep a check on China and Pakistan.
In January 2011, Tajikistan Foreign Minister, Hamrokhon Zarifi, officially launched negotiations with Russia to discuss possible deployment of Russian military at Ayni. Zarifi also ruled out the deployment of the Indian forces at Ayni. Read More