The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Russia urged its citizens to refrain from traveling to the border regions of Russia and Ukraine and from visiting crowded places. The diplomatic mission also advised citizens to follow public security regulations of the host country.
“Raiffeisenbank,” a Russian subsidiary of the Austrian banking group Raiffeisen Bank International, announced that it will stop making euro transfers to Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and several other countries. The decision will take effect on July 3.
The Energy Ministry of Uzbekistan announced details of a two-year gas agreement with Gazprom. It will supply 9 million cu.m. daily and an annual volume will reach almost 2.8 billion cu.m. This is in contrast to earlier reports by Kommersant, which stated that the volume would be twice as much.
An agreement on Russian gas supplies to Uzbekistan was signed between Gazprom and Energy Ministry of Uzbekistan, along with a road map for preparing the country’s gas transportation system. The supply of Russian gas to Uzbekistan via Kazakhstan will begin in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The European Union is considering new sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine. According to Reuters sources, the sanctions may target companies from China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that help Russia circumvent sanctions already imposed.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the participation of CIS leaders in the Victory Day parade in Moscow an “unfriendly act towards Ukraine,” whose people are “fighting for their survival and freedom.”
President Mirziyoyev arrived in Moscow on a working visit to participate in the celebrations for the 78th anniversary of the victory in World War II, where he held talks with President Putin to discuss promoting cooperation projects and continuing cultural and humanitarian exchanges.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on April 26 recognizing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 122 to 5, with 18 abstentions. Uzbekistan, along with 17 other countries, abstained from the vote.
Uzbekistan considers importing gas from Russia via the Central Asia-Center pipeline, as the Bukhara-Urals pipeline is obsolete, Uzbek Energy Minister said. The parties are assessing the costs of repairing compressor stations for reverse gas delivery.
EU’s Special Envoy for Sanctions visited Uzbekistan to discuss concerns regarding the potential circumvention of sanctions against Russia. He urged Uzbekistan to strengthen control measures on the movement of specific EU-made products.
Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, wrote an article, addressing Central Asian countries. He stressed that multi-vectorism is historically characteristic of the region’s states. Ukraine also sought to be multi-vector, until Russia forced it to make the final choice, he wrote.
Uzbek Energy Minister Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak convened in Moscow to discuss collaboration in gas, oil, and electricity sectors, including renewable energy, hydropower, and nuclear power plant construction.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced significant progress in discussions between Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan on a trilateral gas union project after a meeting of foreign ministers in Samarkand.
Antony Blinken stated in Tashkent that war in Ukraine could be ended with one decision by Putin. He also shared his thoughts on what kind of peace could be considered just in this conflict and accused China of advancing Russian propaganda and supporting its interests in international organizations.
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