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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Asian Stability Backed

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Russia reaffirmed Wednesday its commitment to safeguard stability in Central Asia, despite budget pressures that have forced it to reduce its armed presence in the region.

"We are extremely keen that there will always be peace and stability in Central Asian countries, which are geopolitically and economically important regions," Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said at a news briefing in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan.

Tajik Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov said good relations with Russia were a top priority for his government. He said Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov will discuss military cooperation when he visits Moscow in April.