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Uzbekistan’s president meets Putin, signs bilateral deals worth $15.8bn

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Cooperation   Mirziyoyev signed a series of agreements

Uzbekistan’s new president Shavkat Mirziyoyev began his first official visit to Russia where he met his Russian counterpart and signed bilateral deals.

During his visit to Moscow, Mirziyoyev signed a series of agreements totaling $15.8 billion.

“I would like to highlight that in the course of this state visit we have signed a series of bilateral agreements covering large-scale investment projects for a value of $12 billion and trade agreements valued at $3.8 billion,” Mirziyoyev stated after his meeting at the Kremlin with President Vladimir Putin.

The representatives of the large-scale Russian and Uzbek companies that have underwritten these agreements, Mirziyoyev said, “have shown a genuine interest to increase the scope of bilateral cooperation and the development of specific projects.”

In the case of Alexey Miller, CEO of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom, he signed an agreement by which the company would now purchase Uzbek gas.

The Russian energy corporation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Uzbekistan on training specialized staff and an agreement on performing joint geological prospections.

Mirziyoyev’s state visit agenda started with a meeting with Russian Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev, who he officially invited to visit the Central Asian republic.

“For your visit, I must admit, the governments have worked quite hard. A large package of documents has been prepared, unprecedented in terms of volume, at least in recent years,” Medvedev said.

These agreements included economic ties, new projects, humanitarian initiatives, as well as migration and labor relations, the Russian PM added.

Mirziyoyev highlighted the importance of these agreements and described his Moscow visit as “historic.”

Medvedev stressed that Uzbekistan was a “strategic” partner of Russia and expressed his hopes that Mirziyoyev’s visit would open a new page in the relationship between both former Soviet Union republics.

The Uzbek president met with Putin for the first time since he came to power after winning an 88.61 percent landslide vote in the elections last December.

Both leaders met in September at the state funeral of deceased Uzbek President, Islam Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist for 27-years.

As soon as he assumed the Central Asian republic’s presidency, Mirziyoyev backed the late Karimov’s political and military non-alignment policy and rejected the presence of any foreign military bases on Uzbek territory.

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