Central Asia is not the USSR: the President of Tajikistan criticized Putin at the summit in Astana (video)
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Emomali Rahmon said that Tajikistan is a rich country with its own culture, and demanded respect from the Kremlin in the presence of the Russian leader.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon criticized the Russian leadership for disrespect towards the republic, reminding Russian President Vladimir Putin that the countries of Central Asia should not be treated “as if they were the former Soviet Union.” The head of state made the corresponding statement during his speech at the summit of heads of CIS countries in Astana (Kazakhstan) on Friday, October 14.
Rahmon reminded Putin that during the organization of the forum in Tajikistan, he asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and personally asked the Russian leader to send minister-level officials to the event, but this request was not fulfilled.
“At least attended at the ministerial level? No, at the level of deputy ministers. Here Tajikistan deserves it, a strategic partner. Are we doing something wrong? We have 2.5 million people studying the Russian language, from kindergarten … “- the president of Tajikistan was indignant.
The President of the Republic noted that the people of Tajikistan are not as big as the Russians, but they “have a history and culture.”
“Where have we violated something? Where have we not did we say hello? We never violated… We have always respected our main strategic partner (Russia). And we want to be respected. We are not beggars. We have a rich country. There are more resources than in the periodic table. There is oil and gas… Precious metals and even strategic raw materials that are not in the world. No one is interested,” Rahmon added.
The head of Tajikistan also asked Putin that the Kremlin should not pursue a policy towards the republic “toward the countries of Central Asia, like the former Soviet Union.”
“Each country has its own problems. Each country has its own issues, traditions and customs. We need to find a middle ground,” Rahmon said.
< p>In the video recorded on the sidelines of the summit, you can see how from time to time Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during Rahmon's speech.