Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Visit to Brussels Was NATO’s Idea

Karimov’s upcoming visit with NATO and EU officials in Brussels is his first since the violent 2005 clashes in Andijan. (Photo: EU)

NATO, not the European Union, initiated the idea of inviting Uzbekistan’s controversial leader, Islam Karimov, to visit Brussels, according to an aide to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Visit to Brussels Was NATO’s Idea

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