In Moscow, a meeting between Andrei Rudenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, with ambassadors of Central Asian countries was held, the foreign agency’s press services informs. Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan took part in the meeting.
During the meeting, the parties discussed issues related to the bilateral relations of Central Asian countries with Russia, as well as of the regional agenda. The press release of the Russian Foreign Ministry says that the parties stand for the deepening of trade and economic cooperation between the countries, countering international terrorism, and strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties.
It should be noted that recently the geopolitical and geo-economic importance of the Central Asian region has been increasing. Its favorable geographical position, rich natural resources, and balanced policies of the countries of the region make it an attractive partner for major players in the global political and economic arena.
The talks held by Foreign Minister of Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov with the heads of the foreign ministries of Central Asian countries less than a week ago on the sidelines of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers in Ashgabat are the bright example of this.
During several years, regular “5+1” forums with the participation of the states of the region have been held by Japan, South Korea, the USA and the European Union.