Russia says leader’s death won’t destabilise Uzbekistan

September 13, 2016 9:10 AM

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Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov dances during Independence Day celebrations in Tashkent August 31, 2007. — Reuters picMOSCOW, Sept 13 — The death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov will not negatively affect the political and military situation in the country, RIA news agency quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying today.

Karimov, who had ruled Central Asia’s most populous nation with an iron hand for 27 years, died of a stroke this month.

Zamir Kabulov, a Russian Foreign Ministry official and presidential envoy on Afghanistan, said extremists are unable to destabilise the situation in Uzbekistan, the news agency reported.


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