The security is one of the main components of the Uzbek-Russian partnership ties, while the military-technical cooperation is developing well between the countries, said the Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov at the MGIMO Tashkent branch inauguration ceremony in Tashkent Thursday.
“We are resolving many issues to ensure security both in Uzbekistan (!?) and in Central Asia as a whole, where the terrorist threats and drug trafficking are quite of concerns. We have signed major cooperation agreements aimed at modernization and re-equipment of the Uzbek Armed Forces with our modern weapons,” he added.
Sergey Lavrov also commended the bilateral economic and humanitarian ties: “We have very close ties between all departments, including those of the economic bloc, including ministries of defense, Security Councils, law enforcement agencies, special services”.
Earlier, during negotiations with the Uzbekistan Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov, Sergey Lavrov noted that nuclear energy was the cornerstone of the bilateral ties. “There are special agreements that are under the control of the heads of state,” the diplomat noted.
He also highlighted cooperation in the field of education. “There are many branches of Russian universities opening in Uzbekistan. This once again testifies of the closeness of our peoples and interests,” said the Minister Lavrov.
Sergey Lavrov also announced about the active preparation for the state visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Russia. “, The meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation will be held prior to the visit, ” he added.
Russia is interested in Uzbekistan’s enhanced ties with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Sergey Lavrov concluded.