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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Moscow: US may use Tajik airport

Reports from Russia says the Defence Minister, Sergei Ivanov, has said the airport in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan could be made available to the United States Air Force if necessary.

According to the Interfax newsgency, Mr Ivanov said the airport near the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, could be used for retaliatory action against what he called terrorists, if the need arose.

Mr Ivanov said that Dushanbe airport was jointly controlled by Tajikistan and Russia.

Tajikistan has denied media reports that American aircraft have already landed at airports on Tajik territory.

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