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Vladimir Putin met with Valentin Orlov, commander of the Tajikistan-stationed 201st Division of the Russian Defence Ministry, and Alexander Markin, commander of the Russian Federal Border Service border guard group

July 5, 2000, Dushanbe

In an opening address, the president said Russian military presence in Tajikistan was essential for the preservation of the achievements of Tajik internal conflict settlement. A great deal of work still remained to be done before Tajikistan finally acquired a political balance, Mr Putin remarked.

July 5, 2000, Dushanbe