US Praises Russian Presence in Tajikistan

by Nathan Hamm on 11/4/2004 · 1 comment

Reuters reports that US ambassador to Tajikistan Richard Hoagland has showered Russia’s increased troop presence with praise.

Washington lavished rare praise on Russia’s new military base in Tajikistan on Thursday, saying it was a key element in building stability in a region threatened by terrorism and drug trafficking.

“It is an important step to strengthen stability in the region and open new possibilities to cooperate in the anti-terrorism struggle,” U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan Richard Hoagland said.

He was visiting the base in the Tajik capital Dushanbe which was opened last month by Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is Moscow’s biggest military base abroad.

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Laurence November 5, 2004 at 6:45 am

Nathan, that is interesting, since I didn’t see the Russian ambassador heaping praise on US bases in the region…

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