Attempts to resolve the Afghan issue without Russia have no prospects, Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday
"There are certain attempts to find a solution to the Afghan issue without Russia. I believe this is wrong, the more so because no one has cancelled geography, and it’s common knowledge that Central Asia has had ties with Russia for many centuries," Karimov said.
The Uzbek leader noted that he felt Russia’s interest in cooperating with Central Asia. "We believe this is much in demand," he added.
According to Karimov, the war in Afghanistan is not coming to an end, and "there is no light at the end of the tunnel." "This problem requires not just an exchange of views but clarification of positions," he said.
First published by TASS.
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