Warming Uzbek-Russian Relations

by Laurence on 8/27/2004

According to the Russian Information Agency Novosti, Uzbek-Russian relations are improving rapidly. An August 26th story datelined Tashent, quotes Islam Karimov’s accomodating attitude towards Uzbekistan’s traditional older brother.

“I highly value relations with Russia and Vladimir Putin,” said Karimov. “I assign priority to the strategic partnership agreement signed with the Russian President…Russian businessmen invest in Uzbekistan and our mutual integration is in progress.” Although he warned against Russian “imperial ambitions,” Karimov was optimistic about economic, cultural, and humanitarian relations, as well as increased military co-operation. In what looks like an attempt to offset American influence, Russia will start joint military maneuvers, in the Jizzak region, in 2005.

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