After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan would involve itself in the then-raging Tajikistani Civil War, which eventually stalemated in 1997. Relations then collapsed over the sticking point of land ownership along the almost 1,000-mile border between the two nations. Uzbekistan lined much of the border with mines in the early 2000s, and several sections of it still remain under dispute. © Sputnik / Nikolay Hiznyak Joint Russian-Uzbek Drills Kick Off in Central Uzbekistan The situation was severe enough that anonymous Western analysts told the New York Times that the situation amounted to an “undeclared cold war” in mid-2008. But that has begun to change since Mirziyoyev took office. He replaced Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s first post-independence president, who ruled the country with an iron hand from 1991 until his death in September 2016. Since taking power in Tashkent in December 2016, Mirziyoyev has positioned himself as a reformer — including improving Uzbekistan’s frosty relations with its neighbors. He has visited Kyrgyzstan once, Turkmenistan thrice, and Kazakhstan four times in just over a year in office. © Sputnik / Valeriy Melnikov Dissent in Tashkent: Uzbek Intelligence Chief Tossed Out in Corruption Crackdown Karimov traveled to Dushanbe only twice in his quarter-century-long presidency: once in 2008 and once in 2014, both times as part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) multinational summits. No such qualification is attached to Mirziyoyev’s visit, making it a historic moment in the two… Read full this story
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