SAMARKAND (Sputnik) — Uzbek authorities can count on Russia as a reliable friend and Moscow seeks to develop relations with Uzbekistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
“Of course, we very much expect that what was started by President Islam Karimov will be continued. We will do everything to support this path of mutual development, support the Uzbek people, the Uzbek leadership. You can count on us fully, as on the most reliable friends,” Putin said at a meeting with Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Putin underlined that late President Karimov laid a “very strong foundation” for relations between the two countries and helped create a strategic partnership between Russia and Uzbekistan.