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Russia, Uzbekistan Should Build Up Cooperation – Medvedev
Russia and Uzbekistan should build up cooperation, says Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Voice of Russia reports. He was speaking during a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov. The Russian leader said that Uzbekistan is Russia’s strategic partner that this country should develop all possible ties with. Although the financial crisis has affected the amount of the two countries’ trade turnover, the Russian President says he is certain that Russia and Uzbekistan will be able to make up for it if they make relevant moves. Uzbekistan is a leading CIS nation in terms of the trade turnover with Russia. Russia accounts for more than 20% of the Uzbek trade turnover. According to the RIA Novosit news agency, last year the two countries’ trade turnover made up 4.5 billion dollars.