The leader of Uzbekistan told about trying to solve the Afghan issue without Russia

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in the Kremlin

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold Tuesday, April 26, talks the Kremlin.

“I’m in the presence of journalists can say unequivocally that there are certain attempts to find a solution to the Afghan issue without Russia. In principle, it’s wrong, the more that geography has not been forgotten: the Central Asia Millennium associated with Russia,” — said Karimov.

“We definitely feel interest and the interests of Russia in Central Asia, and we agree — and not just agree, but believe it is demanded”, — said the President of Uzbekistan.

Speaking about the situation in Afghanistan, Karimov noted that “light at the end of the tunnel” is not visible there, and offered Putin at the talks to discuss the security situation in the region.

“If someone has misunderstood, but I think that with time they will understand and other realities. Must admit the reality. And if you do not accept this reality, they still catch up and will get”, — finished his speech Karimov.

The Uzbek leader arrived in Moscow Monday, April 25. In the evening they three hours tete-a-tete, told the Russian President.

“We had the opportunity yesterday to sit together, face to face, for three hours talked on bilateral relations, international situation, the situation in the region”, — said Putin. “We talked tete-a-tete, right, I love these talks: don’t need to create any momentum diplomatic” — thanked Putin Karimov. “I am satisfied — not just satisfied, but believe that if not today, then tomorrow will yield results, especially because she was open — not just open, and honest,” — said Islam Karimov.

In ruble terms, and between Russia and Uzbekistan increased the volume of trade, increased supply of agricultural products from Uzbekistan by 10%, according to some vegetables — ten times, grapes — 20 times, and citrus — in 54 times, told Putin. “It is essential for the Russian market in General, I think that for your great help agricultural producers”, — said Russian President.

In dollar terms, the turnover has decreased (29%) and last year amounted to $2.8 billion.

Following the talks, the presidents witnessed the will signed the programme of cooperation between governments in the cultural-humanitarian sphere between the ministries of foreign Affairs, a Memorandum of cooperation in the field of physical culture and sports, the agreement on interaction in exporting military production to third countries.