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Rattled by Russian Expansionism, Tashkent Looks East

By Joanna LillisTASHKENT, Sep 13 2014 (EurasiaNet)Russia’s aggressive actions toward Ukraine are vexing Central Asian states.First, officials in Kazakhstan were chagrined to hear comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, during a recent town-hall-style meeting with university students, appeared to denigrate Kazakhstani statehood. Now, Uzbek leaders are showing signs of displeasure with Moscow.“Tashkent is deeply concerned about the potency of Russian media and disinformation campaigns, as well as the potential political vulnerability of the status of millions of Uzbek [labor] migrants in Russia.” — Alexander CooleyInsular Uzbekistan has long viewed Russia with a wary eye: it has kept its distance …read more

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