Tuesday, July 31, 2012 -
Russia’s foreign ministry again called on the Uzbek government on Tuesday to resolve the ongoing dispute between Uzbek regulators and the Russian telephony firm MTS’ subsidiary in Uzbekistan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin placed a call to the Uzbek Ambassador to Moscow Ziyadulla Pulatkhodzhayev.
“The Russian side stressed this problem is becoming ever more acute and it is necessary to reach a mutually acceptable decision as soon as possible,” the statement on the foreign ministry site said.
Uzbek authorities extended the suspension for the MTS subsidiary, Uzdonrobit, to 90 days from the original ten days it had imposed on July 17.
The Russian telephone giant has had difficulties in Central Asia before, starting with Turkmenistan yanking its license in December 2010. It is only this month returning to operations in authoritarian Caspian state, having lost $160 million in revenues from the incident.