Russia intends to place a Voronezh-type radar station in Transnistria, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported April 17, citing a source close to the Russian president.
The station could be built in Tiraspol, the capital of the Moldovan breakaway region, which would be Moscow’s answer to the U.S. European Missile Shield and the NATO bases in Romania, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
A discussion on the radar station is expected to be central to the Transnistria April 18 peace talks. The Romanian and Ukrainian media earlier reported that Russia may place a new radar in Tiraspol, according to Lenta.ru.
Moreover, a theory has been voiced that a military base and the Iskander missile complexes may also be placed in Transnistria.
A source in the Russian Defense Ministry told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that Moscow does not plan to place the Voronezh radar in either Transnistria or Armenia. Instead, a network of such radars will be developed inside Russian territory, in the Leningrad, Kaliningrad, Irkutsk and Armavir regions.