The presidents of Russia and Uzbekistan held talks in the Kremlin. The leaders approved a joint statement on cooperation in the field of ensuring international information security, urging to take measures against the use of information technologies for military-political purposes.
At the beginning of the meeting, Vladimir Putin congratulated Shavkat Mirziyoyev on his convincing victory in the elections. By the way, the Uzbek leader made his first visit after his re-election to Moscow. “Uzbekistan is not just our closest neighbor, but also an ally,” Putin said. “It is a large regional country with which we have a lot.”
“18 percent of the total trade turnover of Uzbekistan falls on Russia,” he said. Despite the pandemic, trade grew by more than 15 percent last year. “This is a very good indicator that even in the most difficult times we are successfully cooperating,” Putin said, noting the good volume of investments from the Russian Federation – over $ 10 billion. Work is going on in all areas, this applies to the economy, and humanitarian ties, and transport infrastructure.
Mirziyoyev thanked for the warm welcome and stressed that his result in the elections, including the result of joint work with Putin: “In recent years, there has been a breakthrough in our relations – we have never had such indicators.” According to the results of nine months, the trade turnover amounted to $ 5 billion, and will be $ 7 billion by the end of the year, he expects. There has never been such a figure in a relationship.
On the sidelines of the negotiations, a large package of documents was signed, including a comprehensive intergovernmental cooperation program for 2022-2026.
The leaders also adopted a joint statement on cooperation in the field of international information security. Putin and Mirziyoyev called on the world community to take all necessary measures to prevent the use of information and communication technologies for military-political purposes contrary to international law, and to carry out hostile actions and acts of aggression to prevent the use of these technologies for terrorist and other criminal purposes, as well as to undermine sovereignty of states and interference in their internal affairs. “A quick and effective response to challenges and threats in the information sphere requires joint efforts of the entire international community,” they are sure.
The leaders noted that the use of these technologies is increasingly posing a direct threat to society and the state. Putin and Mirziyoyev called the development of universal rules and principles of behavior of states in the information space under the auspices of the UN as a priority area of international cooperation.