NATO plans to close its liaison office in Central Asia, further diminishing the already tiny Western military presence in the region.
The office in Tashkent will close at the end of March 2017, and from then the alliance's work on Central Asia will be conducted out of NATO headquarters in Brussels, said Rosaria Puglisi, NATO's liaison officer for Central Asia, in an interview with the website Ferghana.ru.
"This decision is the result of internal budget considerations and doesn't have any political character," Puglisi said. "There has been no pressure from Uzbekistan or from other states working with our office. On the contrary, we've always had a warm reception in the region."
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