22:09 GMT29 January 2020
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    Uzbekistan temporarily shut down the border with Kyrgyzstan on Monday ahead of the Independence Day in almost two weeks, its border service said.

    BISHKEK (Sputnik) — Uzbekistan is preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union on September 1.

    "Starting from August 22, Uzbekistan has closed crossings at the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border," a spokeswoman for the Uzbek border service told RIA Novosti.

    The new restriction will affect citizens of both countries who will only be allowed to return home, while third-country nationals will be free to pass through the border crossings as usual, the spokeswoman said.

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