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Uzbekistan Today (English) - - VISIT -

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.”

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