Putin to visit Uzbekistan in fall
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he plans to visit Uzbekistan this coming fall.
"I remember about your invitation, thank you," Putin said during his conversation with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. "I will try to come for a working visit, which is tentatively scheduled for this autumn."
Russia's president noted that much had changed for the better since his counterpart’s latest visit to Russia. "Our trade turnover is growing at a fast pace. It grow 33.9%, almost 34%, last year, and more than 43% in the first quarter of this year," TASS cited Putin as saying.
He stressed that Russia and Uzbekistan are implementing some joint projects. "Thanks to your initiative, we have organized the so-called ‘green corridor’ at the border. As for the growth of vegetable and fruit supplies, the pace is quite impressive, from 33 to 36%, so everything is developing," the Russian leader noted.
Putin added that, in addition to Lukoil and Gazprom, other Russian companies are operating in Uzbekistan, mentioning the machine building industry as an example. According to him, the overall dynamics of developing cooperation with Uzbekistan is very good.