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MOSCOW, September 6. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a private trip to the Uzbekistani city Samarkand on Tuesday to pay tribute to Uzbekistan’s late President Islam Karimov.
"I’ll surely go there tomorrow to pay tribute to him," he said on Monday addressing a news conference upon the end of the G20 summit.
Islam Karimov, who stood at the head of Uzbekistan for the past quarter of a century, died in on September 2 at the age of 78. He was buried in his native city of Samarkand on September 3.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev led the Russian delegation to the funeral.
He gave the assurances to the people of Uzbekistan that Russia would continue doing everything in its power for the consolidation of allied relations between the two nations. As he took the floor at a solemn rally, he expressed condolences on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, the Russian government, the people of Russia, and himself personally.
"We spoke to each other often and these communications were always exceptionally fruitful and useful for building durable, amicable, and allied relations between our two countries, between Russia and Uzbekistan," Medvedev said.
He added that there was still much to be done but the young generations of Uzbekistanis could look up to heir country’s first President "as a man who set a very high standard of serving his homeland."