On Friday, Vladimir Putin held a routine meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. According to Aleksei Gromov, press secretary of the President, during the meeting the parties discussed preparation for the forthcoming Russia-EU summit, due to take place in Moscow May 17. Apart from that, Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Kasyanov discussed the results of the Russian-Uzbek negotiations as well as measures to support all-Russian veteran organizations.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now