Vladimir Putin met with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The meeting was held in Sochi ahead of the CIS summit.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Mirziyoyev, friends,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Sochi.
In the beginning of our discussion, I would like to point out that our colleagues from both Russia and Uzbekistan are actively working on implementing the agreements that we reached during your recent visit to Russia.
I would also like to point out that we can see certain results, tangible results. Last year we had a slight decrease in trade, but this year we can see an increase: over 20 percent growth in the first eight months. This means that we will have an even bigger increase by the end of the year. There has been a significant increase in agriculture as well; growth is very serious and visible. If we add exports through third countries, our neighbours, there will be an even bigger increase of 40 percent, I think, overall.
Both our Industry Minister and Agriculture Minister paid visits to Uzbekistan, and both of them actively worked in their respective areas. We have good opportunities for cooperation in industrial production and for further broadening interaction in other areas, including agriculture.
I am very happy to see you and to have this opportunity to discuss all these issues on the sidelines of the CIS summit.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev: Mr Putin,
It is a pleasure to meet you again.
As you have said, in a short period of time, within a year, particularly after my visit to Russia, a great deal has changed, in every respect. Trade, as you have said, increased by 20 percent and even more, according to our statistics. This is heartening. All the agreements we have reached are being implemented.
I would like to express sincere gratitude that very many of your Ministers, not only Manturov, not only Tkachev, have visited Uzbekistan during this period. The Interior Minister and others have also visited Uzbekistan. A serious build-up is taking place, as the ministers are implementing our agreements. While formerly we said that we have a strategic partnership and an allied relationship, this year they have at last been invested with content and real results.
There is a lot of cooperation, as you have rightly said, in agriculture, in the textile industry, and serious shifts are taking place in the military-technical field. I believe this meeting today will contribute to the implementation of everything we have agreed upon.
I would like to say once again that today there is not a single area we have not touched upon. A year ago, we said that we were cooperating, but we had trade only in the gas sector. Today many sectors are finding each other, businesses are finding each other and the cultural and humanitarian areas look totally different.
A month ago, 20 days ago, Patriarch Kirill visited our country. We speak about tolerance and the tolerance we see in Uzbekistan today shows that people are living in peace and harmony.
I thank you once again for this meeting today. I think there is still much to talk about on the sidelines of the CIS summit and we will talk.
Ahead of the CIS summit that begins in Sochi today, Vladimir Putin met with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to discuss bilateral relations.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Berdimuhamedov, friends and colleagues,
Allow me to welcome you again, this time to Sochi, Russia. Thank you for accepting our invitation to the CIS summit.
We met in Turkmenistan recently, and we recollect with pleasure the warm welcome we received there. Thank you very much. We signed a number of fundamentally important documents there, including the [Strategic Cooperation] Treaty. I hope that all of them will be implemented, which will improve our interstate relations, primarily in the economy and the social sphere.
As I have said, we are grateful for your assistance in promoting the Russian language, which is important for our people who have lived in a unified state for a long time, or more precisely, for centuries. And now they maintain direct ties with each other.
I would like to again express our sincere gratitude, personally and on behalf of all my colleagues, for the work we accomplished during my official visit to Turkmenistan.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: Mr Putin, thank you for your kind words about Turkmenistan.
I would like to begin with a pleasant mission. You recently had a good day, your name day, on which I would like to congratulate you. I wish you strong health, which is the most important thing, as well as success and all the best.
I know that you are doing a great deal to improve the environment, both in your country and in the world. We have a close friend. You probably know what I mean: it is a dog, an Alabai. I have brought an Alabai puppy for you today. The dog’s name is Wepaly (Faithful). I believe this is a popular dog name in Russia as well. The Alabai was the mascot of the Asian [Indoor and Martial Arts] Games, which we hosted recently. I believe we can show the dog to the journalists.
Vladimir Putin: Of course, we can.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: I think you will like him. Our dogs are healthy.
Vladimir Putin: Yes, I do know that. (Laughs.)
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: But the most important thing is that they are very faithful dogs.
I would like to again thank you for inviting us to attend the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State. This is very important to us, because this international organisation is a major asset. So, we would like to once again thank you for inviting us here.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.
Vladimir Putin met with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in his Sochi residence, Bocharov Ruchei. The meeting of the presidents took place behind closed doors.
From the Russian side the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, First Deputy Prime Minister and Co-Chair of the Russian-Tajikistani Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation Igor Shuvalov, and Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov.