21 Mar 2022 15:22

Uzbek president expresses understanding for Russia's position on Ukraine - Kremlin

MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a phone conversation with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

"Vladimir Putin informed about the progression of the special military operation to protect the Donbas republics. The Uzbek president expressed understanding for the Russian side's position and actions," the report said.

"The conversation addressed vital issues relating to bilateral cooperation, including the implementation of the agreements reached during the Uzbek president's visit to Russia in November 2021. The presidents exchanged congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Mutual interest in further strengthening of strategic partnership and alliance between the two countries, expansion of mutually profitable relations in the political, trade-economic, humanitarian, and other spheres was confirmed," the press service said.

An agreement was reached to continue contacts on various levels, the Kremlin said.

According to the press service, the conversation took place at the Uzbek side's initiative.