IP- A US congressional delegation has arrived in Uzbekistan’s capital. On the one hand, the visit is aimed at keeping Tashkent in the US zone of influence; on the other, Washington has not offered anything in return. The question is whether the United States will be able to drive Russia and China out of the Central Asian region, Izvestia notes.

Iran PressEurope: "Uzbekistan is pursuing a multi-vector foreign policy and keeps highlighting its readiness to build friendly relations with China, Russia, and the United States, in addition to boosting cooperation with European countries," Head of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World Economy and International Relations Eduard Solovyov noted.

"The US pays certain but not increased attention to the region in general and Uzbekistan in particular as the largest country in the region. It’s not ready to invest in Uzbekistan, so it’s unclear what Washington has to offer at the moment.

After its chaotic pullout from Afghanistan, the US can hardly be viewed as a reliable security guarantor, and given that Washington’s financial resources aren’t unlimited, it’s not clear what alternative to Tashkent’s cooperation with Moscow and Beijing it can offer," the expert added.

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"The country [Uzbekistan] has a well-defined foreign policy strategy with a focus on Central Asian nations and Afghanistan that Tashkent believes to be part of the region, so it is about the countries bordering Uzbekistan. Next come its second-tier neighbors, which include Russia, China, Middle East and South Asia countries," expert in Central Asian security Rustam Burnashev explained.

"Global players such as the United States and the European Union are also important for Uzbekistan but they are in fact a third-level priority. Besides, Washington’s interest in Tashkent is also limited. Afghanistan was cited as the reason in the past and now it’s a desire to limit the influence of Russia and China, so these are political contacts and not economic and technological ones," the analyst said.

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