Brief: Russia Is Wooing Uzbekistan

Russia is at least for now modestly content with the status of its western and southwestern flanks, so it expects to find new ways to cooperate with Central Asia.

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Background: Among the most important of modern Russia’s foreign policy objectives is to reclaim the influence it lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, particularly in the buffer zones that constitute its near abroad: Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. To that end, Moscow has helped prop up or destabilize in its favor countries to […]

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