Pentagon representatives will discuss possible deployment of U.S. counterterrorism bases in Uzbekistan in October.
It is noted that the U.S. wanted to discuss the possibility of deploying an "over-the-horizon" anti-terrorist force as the main agenda. Such an arrangement would allow the U.S. military to "better observe and strike targets in Afghanistan."
Uzbekistan has refused to have a dialogue on military bases with the United States. According to the deputy senator of the republic, the country's authorities cannot conduct such negotiations as a matter of principle because "the law doesn't allow that. The politician did not say whether Washington asked Tashkent to do so.
Earlier, it was reported that the U.S. was interested in creating military bases in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It was stressed that this was necessary to support the fugitive government of Afghanistan and to contain the activities of the Taliban terrorist movement (banned in Russia).