Serhat Tunar –TDO-Between November 26th and 30th, the Uzbekistan Ministry of Defense carried out massive military exercises across country. The Uzbekistan Armed Forces are one of the most capable among Central Asian states and play an important role in deterring the spread of terrorism in the region.
On December 5th, the country’s Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that the drills pursued exclusively defensive goals. During the briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the drills were carried out in line with the country’s commitments to the neighboring states and were not damaging their interests.
According to Global Firepower’s rankings, Uzbekistan is ranked 39th out of 136 countries in terms of military power. In 2018, the country has 13,312,000 individuals fit-for-service, with 76,500 total military personnel. Out of them, 56,500 are active, and 20,000 are reserve personnel.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has led Central Asia's most populous nation of some 32 million people since 2016 following the death of his predecessor, Islam Karimov.