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Tajik President Emomali Rahmon paid a working visit to Russia on July 1. Accompanied by his closest foreign policy, defense and energy advisors, President Rahmon met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow region. The two leaders discussed the "current issues pertaining to cooperation" between the two countries.
President Putin was "pleased to note that Russia remains Tajikistan's number one trade and economic partner" – 21% of Tajikistan's entire trade volume is with Russia and Russia has the highest volume of accumulated investments in Tajikistan (USD 1.5 bn), Mr. Putin specified – and stressed the continuation of bilateral cooperation in military affairs, defense and security.
"We have always welcomed Russia's active economic role, along with dynamic cooperation in defense technology and politics," President Rahmon replied, adding that "labor migration and improving its conditions" as well as the "supplies of Russian petroleum products to Tajikistan" were important issues. At present, said President Putin, Gazprom supplies 40 percent of the oil products consumed in Tajikistan and "is currently carrying geological exploration works at promising fields there."
Furthermore, Mr. Putin insisted on Tajikistan's role in Russia's global defense policy as he and President Rahmon "looked in detail at the implementation of the agreements signed last October in Dushanbe, particularly the entry into force of the agreement extending Russia's use of the military base on Tajikistani soil."
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