Speaking on a panel hosted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Carnegie’s Paul Stronski discussed the situation in Uzbekistan following the announcement that the country’s president, Islam Karimov, had been hospitalized. He was joined by Shahida Yakub and Alisher Sidik, both of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Discussing the possibility that Karimov might not be able to continue on as president, Stronski observed that many countries will be watching the efforts to select a new president closely. He discussed what both Russia and the West will be looking for, both in terms of a candidate for president and the process. “Russia’s going to be watching very closely, hoping that whoever rises to the top is someone who is going to be favorable towards Russia, not too Western,” Stronski said.
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