On Wednesday, the Presidents of Russia and Uzbekistan discussed the Afghan developments. The Russian presidential press service told RIA Novosti that "in the course of a detailed conversation which lasted half an hour Vladimir Putin and Islam Karimov exchanged opinions on and assessments of the Afghan developments in the wake of the current anti-terror operation." According to the Kremlin press service, the two countries' leaders had a detailed discussion of the situation in Central Asia. "Both sides expressed satisfaction with a high level of coordination of bilateral cooperation which is of particular importance under the present-day conditions," the press service said. Putin and Karimov noted closeness of their approaches to the tasks and aims of the current operation for destroying the hot-beds of terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and post-conflict settlement. The Presidents of Russia and Uzbekistan also discussed a number of practical bilateral issues, the Russian presidential press service added.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
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