AKIPRESS.COM - The Defense Ministers of Russia and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on development of military and technical cooperation and Plan of bilateral cooperation between the military departments for 2017 on November 29 in Moscow, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
The deal was inked by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Uzbek counterpart Kabul Berdiyev.
“Situation near the borders of Uzbekistan once again raises the question about the necessity of cooperating within the CSTO and SCO in order to maintain peace and security in the region,” said Sergei Shoigu.
“The situation we have been observing shows that the risks are not reduced but increased. This is caused by appearance of such organizations as the Islamic state and Jabhat al-Nusra (banned in Russia) and, certainly, their activities. This relates to weapons and new methods of warfare,” explained the head of the Russian defence department.
Shoigu expressed his confidence that the countries have prospects and possibilities to strengthen military and technical cooperation in the interests of their own and regional security.
For his part, Berdiyev stressed that Russia had been the main strategic partner for Uzbekistan.
The agreement on the development of military and technical cooperation mainly refers to joint activities aimed at military security of Russia and Uzbekistan, building capacities of armed forces of two countries, and training of military staff.
According to Shoigu, efforts are to be consolidated in order to neutralize threats and challenges active in the Central Asia region. “It is very important to prevent our countries from insurgents of the Islamic state (organization banned in Russia) and other terrorist organizations,” stated the Russian Defence Minister.
He also noted that a program aimed at modernization and re-equipment of the armed forces of Uzbekistan with modern Russia armament and military hardware will be implemented.