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The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting.

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Mikhail Mishustin’s conversion witkh Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov

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Mikhail Mishustin: Good afternoon, Mr Aripov, welcome to Russia, to Kazan, where a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council is taking place. We met in Almaty not so long ago, in February 2021. We talk regularly by phone and discuss the most topical issues between our countries. I would like to use this occasion to pass warm-hearted regards to President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev from President of Russia Vladimir Putin and from me personally. Please also accept my warmest congratulations on the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

You know that we appreciate our friendship and good-neighbourly relations with Uzbekistan and are always interested in bringing our cooperation to a brand new level. We welcome the President of Uzbekistan’s resolution on measures for further development of comprehensive cooperation with Russia.

We continue preparing for the state visit of President Mirziyoyev to Russia. Work on a substantial package of documents is underway, and a busy program for his stay is in preparation. The creation of an Uzbekistani exhibition and cultural center at VDNKh in Russia is nearing completion. A meeting of the joint commission with the Russian and Uzbekistani prime ministers, at our level, will be an important stage in the preparations for the state visit.

Russian and Uzbekistani agencies are cooperating closely in countering the coronavirus pandemic. In April, a shipment of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine was delivered to Uzbekistan. We are also preparing to launch production of the vaccine there.

Russia is a leading trading partner of Uzbekistan. Despite the coronavirus restrictions, in 2020 bilateral trade grew by almost 16 percent compared with 2019, reaching nearly six billion dollars. Agricultural trade indicators are impressive. In January – March, trade in this area grew by 14 percent and to $ 116 million. Our presidents have set an ambitious goal: to increase bilateral trade to $ 10 billion. We are addressing this, step by step. It is good to see a positive trend despite the pandemic.

Over 2,000 enterprises with Russian capital operate on the Uzbek market. The total volume of accumulated Russian investment is about $ 10 billion. The intergovernmental commission practical addresses issues. From the Russian side, it is headed by our Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov. We are successfully implementing the intergovernmental program for economic cooperation until 2024.

The Russian Export Center provides full support to projects in agriculture, mechanical engineering, metallurgy and the pharmaceutical industry.

Mr Aripov, we once again welcome you. We would like to discuss both the bilateral agenda and the agenda of the EAEU in detail today. The floor is yours.

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