Foreign military bases and facilities will not be deployed in Uzbekistan, said Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, speaking to senators.
“In Uzbekistan, there will be no foreign military bases and facilities. All the more so, there will be no operational tracking groups,” he stressed.
Kamilov noted that “Uzbekistan also has the right to withdraw from state formations, if they are transformed into a military bloc.” In addition, he stressed that “The Uzbek soldier will never fight in foreign countries.”
The Uzbek Senate has today approved the concept of the country’s foreign-economic activity that does not provide for the deployment of foreign military bases in Uzbekistan and the country’s participation in military blocs. The concept was developed at the initiative of President Islam Karimov and submitted to the Senate as a legislative initiative. Now the document will be sent for signature to the head of state.
Earlier, the U.S. Department of State has denied media reports on the establishment of a Center for Rapid Response in the territory of Uzbekistan. Such a possibility has never been discussed by the United States, the agency highlighted.