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President Vladimir Putin arrives in Tashkent on an official visit

President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Today, his official visit to this country begins at the invitation of Islam Karimov.

   "It is expected that during the talks at the highest level, key issues of further development of the Russian-Uzbek strategic partnership, primarily in the trade, investment and cultural and humanitarian spheres, will be discussed. It is also expected to exchange views on topical issues of regional security, including the situation in Afghanistan." , - noted in the messages of the Kremlin. 

Moscow and Tashkent maintain regular political contacts at the highest and highest levels. In September, when the meeting of the presidents took place on the margins of the SCO summit in Dushanbe, Putin recalled that this year the 10 anniversary of the Treaty between the two countries on strategic partnership was fulfilled, and over the years the countries managed to achieve much on the principles of pragmatism.

  During the visit, it is expected that four documents will be signed: an intergovernmental agreement on the settlement of mutual financial claims and obligations, an agreement on the main directions of development and deepening economic cooperation for 2015-2019, an inter-ministerial protocol on the exchange of research results of seized narcotic drugs and the Foreign Ministry's cooperation program on 2015 year.

  The agreement on the settlement of financial claims stipulates that Russia will make a discount on the amount owed by Uzbekistan, and the latter will pay off the remaining debt in a lump sum. "According to some of our calculations, as of November, the amount of overdue payments was about $ 890 million: $ 500 million - the principal debt and about 388 million - accrued interest," Ushakov said.

  One of the priorities of the negotiations will be to increase the volume of mutual trade. In 2013, the trade turnover between the countries grew by 9,4% - to 4 billion dollars. In January-September, the 2014 of the year recorded an increase of 8,2% compared to the same period of the 2013 of the year. Russia retains first place among Uzbekistan’s trading partners (27,5%).

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