The President of Russia Vladimir Putin noted the strategic and allied relations of Russia and Uzbekistan. The head of the Russian state said at a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirzieev.

At the beginning of negotiations in one of the halls of the Kremlin, Putin and Mirziyoev greeted each other with a handshake and a hug. The Russian leader thanked his counterpart for a visit to Moscow for participation in celebrations on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war. He also noted that the division of the armed forces of Uzbekistan in the amount of 75 people on June 24 will be held on red square.

"It is a visible sign of our special allied relations", – said Putin.

The President recalled that during the war went to the front of 2 million residents, 500 people died and 130 were missing. In addition, the Republic in those years adopted more than 2 million evacuees from all Soviet citizens, had been moved there and a few industrial enterprises, which are "literally on wheels began to work in the interests of the front."

"All this is our common history, our common achievement and our common victory", – concluded Putin.

Currently, he said, Russia and Uzbekistan are developing as an independent state, but have "absolutely unique strategic and allied relations".

"We are working on economy and cooperation of our special services, the fight against terrorism together, cooperate, and our armed forces. We pay great attention to humanitarian cooperation – in education, culture", – Putin said.

At the end of the Protocol part of the meeting, commenting on the words Mirziyoyev on humanitarian cooperation of Russia and Uzbekistan, Putin said:

"You said that we are actively developing cultural ties, I want to note that we are developing well and culinary connections". He invited his counterpart to continue the talks during a working lunch. "you feed it, and talk about it," with a smile said the Russian leader.