This October, Uzbekistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercises since 2005, a dramatic move away from the anti-Russian policy of recently departed president Islam Karimov.
The planned exercises were announced by Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, a spokesman for Russia's Central Military District, on July 3. Few details were announced, except that they'll be held at the tactical level at Uzbekistan's Forish training facility about 250 kilometers southeast of Tashkent.
Roshchupkin also noted that these would be the first joint drills between the two countries since September 2005. That was a geopolitically fraught period, coming just months after Uzbekistan had evicted the United States military from an air base it had used at Karshi Khanabad in support of operations in Afghanistan.
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