by Nathan Hamm on 1/9/2005

Quoth Islam Karimov in a telegram sent to Viktor Yushchenko:

“I’m using this opportunity to express the feelings of deepest respect to the people of Ukraine that showed unbending political will and firm character in a drive towards stronger independence, democracy and renovation”.

“I’m confident that the mutually beneficial cooperation between Ukraine and Uzbekistan based on the traditions of partnership will continue developing in the interests of our peoples. “

It’s interesting to compare this to Askar Akayev’s vocal and sustained hostility to events in Ukraine.

All things considered though, I would interpret the statement to have more to do with fending off Russian influence than a genuine interest in the expansion of democracy.

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