Igor Nikolaichuk, expert of the Center for Special Media-Metric Studies
“Personally, I was very impressed with the plans to build a radio telescope for researching the Universe. This is really great! We also assign plans for the organization of plants for the joint production of military equipment. Let not combat lasers, but traditional programs require a significant number of highly qualified specialists, not office plankton at all.
To implement all these ambitious plans, we need the stability of the economy, and investments will not hurt. Here and now. Russia provided all the packages and lines for this. This is proof of faith in Uzbekistan.
I am afraid to seem irreparable optimist, but it seems that we have witnessed the emergence of a new form of integration of post-Soviet countries. Calm and efficient. Uzbekistan will sprout in Russia, and Russia in Uzbekistan. For the benefit and in the interests of both countries.”
Bakhtiyor Ergashev, director of the Ma’no Research Initiatives Center:
“The start of the construction of nuclear power plant is the most important and long-awaited project for Uzbekistan, which will further strengthen the strategic ties between the two countries. This is not the first large-scale project with the participation of Russian investors in the republic – to recall at least the Kandym gas processing complex in the Bukhara region, built together with Lukoil, or the planned construction of large metallurgical plants in Tashkent and Karakalpakstan. And there are more and more of such projects.
Military-technical cooperation is also developing. Contracts have already been signed for the supply of Russian combat helicopters Mi-35, joint military exercises have been held, a military education program is being implemented. And just recently, within the framework of a regular meeting of the heads of defense of the CIS countries, an agreement was signed on the joint free use of airspace for military aviation. This is also a demonstration of the strategic relations between Tashkent and Moscow.
The current visit of Vladimir Putin to Uzbekistan is a logical continuation of the previously reached agreements and a new stage in relations between the two countries.”