The defense doctrine of Uzbekistan does not provide for the deployment of foreign military bases and facilities on the territory of the country. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan, RIA Novosti reports.
“The basic documents in the field of defense have clear and precise answers to these questions – the prevention of the deployment of foreign military bases and facilities on its territory,” the agency's interlocutor said.
According to him, this principle is laid down both in the defense doctrine of the republic, adopted in 2018, and in the Constitution, and the country's foreign policy concept from 2012.
The representative of the defense department said that Uzbekistan's defense policy is based on the principle of non-participation of the country's armed forces in peacekeeping operations and military conflicts abroad.
RBC applied for a comment to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that the United States could deploy the troops it is withdrawing from Afghanistan in the countries of Central Asia, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
According to the newspaper, the United States needs bases to accommodate military personnel, drones, bombers and artillery. This is also necessary to support the Afghan government and contain the Taliban (the organization is banned in Russia).
While the US has not requested the deployment of troops to bases in Central Asia, this option is under consideration by the Ministry of Defense, the State Department and the White House. The newspaper's sources argued that the transfer of contingents to these countries would be difficult due to the “large military presence” of Russia in the region and the growing influence of China.
As the newspaper notes, the United States previously had two bases in Central Asia: one each in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; they were used to deploy forces and conduct operations in Afghanistan. The United States left the base in Uzbekistan in 2005 and almost ten years later in Kyrgyzstan.
US President Joe Biden in April announced the beginning of the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan on May 1. He also set the deadline for the withdrawal of troops – September 11, 2021.