Tajik President's Moscow
MOSCOW -- Tajik
President Emomali Rahmon's
talks with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev near Moscow have produced no significant results, RFE/RL's
Tajik Service reports.
Medvedev told journalists after the closed-door talks
that Russia and Tajikistan would develop cooperation in defense and military exports to third
countries to improve national and regional security.
Medvedev and Rahmon
confirmed their interest in hydropower projects in Tajikistan while taking other Central Asian countries' interests into account.
Tajik analysts tell RFE/RL that Russia
was not ready to discuss the main issues concerning Dushanbe: the rent
for a Russian military base in Tajikistan and Russian participation in the Roghun
Hydroelectric Plant project.
Experts in Tajikistan say Russia's involvement in construction of Roghun
would likely irritate neighboring Uzbekistan, which considers the new plant a threat to its regional monopoly on