A time of ‘most fruitful cooperation’ has come for Uzbekistan and Russia — FM


TASHKENT (TCA) — Relations between Uzbekistan and Russia have seen different periods, but now a time of the most favorable and fruitful cooperation has come, Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov said in a recent interview with Russia 24 television channel, the Jahon information agency reported.

The minister said that that was largely facilitated by the state visit of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Russia earlier this year.

“During that trip, our leaders established a very high level of personal bonds, mutual trust was confirmed and, crucially, a comprehensive agenda of our relations was formed. It includes practically all possible dimensions of interaction; they are not just the traditional political, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties, but also military and technical cooperation that is filled with new substance,” Kamilov said.

Answering the question of how the developments that unfold in the Central Asia region are seen from Tashkent, the Uzbek foreign minister said that a lot of unresolved issues have accumulated. “I would even say serious, sensitive problems. And we proceed from the premise that such issues can be addressed only on the basis of mutual respect, recognition of the interests of one another and on the basis of reasonable compromises. We do not see any other options here, and we believe that Russia, as a great power, as an interested party in the stability in this vast region adjoining its southern borders, will do everything possible to facilitate and support our undertakings in the name of peace and stability and sustainable development in the region,” Kamilov said.

Sergey Kwan