Only joint efforts can counter international terror and expanding radical religious extremism, said Uzbek President Islam Karimov opening face-to-face negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Karimov underscored that today's talks primarily met the interests of Uzbekistan, which aspires to prevent a repeat of the 1999-2000 events, when bandit formations invaded Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzia. He spoke of the need for thwarting a new expansion of terrorist and other formations. The Uzbek leader has emphasised once again that Russia is interested in peace on its southern borders.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia