Moscow, 14 September 2022 (TDI): On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Tajikistan, the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, gave an interview to the National Information Agency of Tajikistan under the Tajikistan Government.

There were various questions regarding the position of Russia in global politics asked by the National Information Agency of Tajikistan.

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Interview of the Foreign Minister

During the interview, Lavrov was asked a series of questions. The first question was about the assessment of Foreign Ministers on the relationships between Russia and Tajikistan. The Foreign Minister replied to the question:

“Our people have traditionally maintained strong bonds, routed in many centuries of their shared history, friendship, and mutual trust.

It is no secret that we started building our relations in their current form during turbulent times. Our country was one of the first to recognize Tajikistan’s independence and sovereignty. By signing the Protocol establishing diplomatic relations on April 8, 1992, we elevated our cooperation to a new level.

“Today, it would not be an exaggeration to refer to Russia-Tajikistan ties as a model of a genuine strategic partnership and allied cooperation. There has been steady progress in our political dialogue, primarily at the highest and top levels. Inter-parliamentary exchanges have also been developing successfully with regular international forums Russia-Tajikistan: Potential for Inter-Regional Cooperation and conferences to promote region-to-region cooperation.”

On the question of the relationship between the heads of state of both countries, the Russian Foreign Minister replied. “The presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan regularly exchange visits and messages, meet on the sidelines of multilateral events, and talk over the phone. It is largely due to these eventful personal contacts that the Russian-Tajik strategic partnership and alliance develop in such a dynamic and effective manner.”

Further Questions asked 

The interviewer asked several questions regarding the opinion of the Foreign Minister of Russia on the foreign policy of Tajikistan. Furthermore, the interviewer also asked the Foreign Minister about Tajikistan’s initiatives on water management and how he views it. Additionally, the interviewer asked if the security issues of Afghanistan will be resolved with the Russian presence.

Toward the end of the interview, the Foreign Minister of Russia talked about the untapped resources between Russia and Tajikistan developing relations. Sergey Lavrov also appreciated the nature and beauty of the country of Tajikistan.