Why Mirziyoyev and Putin want to meet again
On 4-5 April Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin will meet Uzbekistan's new leader Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Moscow at the invitation of Putin himself, Kremlin reports.
The two presidents will discuss key issues in bilateral relations in hopes to strengthen ties and seek way to expand cooperation in political, trade and economical, cultural, humanitarian areas and research.
Besides, the two presidents want to sign a few agreements including intergovernmental, interdepartmental and commercial.
Earlier speculations prompted Mr. Mirziyoyev would prefer to establish strong ties with Russia rather than the U.S. or China.
Experts note Mr. Mirziyoyev's early steps as favorable towards the Central Asian neighbors as since he assumed office he had been trying to fix the ongoing border issues with Kyrgyzstan, then he visited Kazakhstan and reinforced the spirit of "brotherly" relations with the northern neighbor.
It is worth noting, the two had met in early September in 2016, Mr. Mirziyoyev hosted Mr. Putin as the Prime Minister of the country after Mr. Islam Karimov, former president, passed away. Mr. Putin personally offered condelences to the grieving family of Mr. Karimov.